This research on energy efficiency and occupant behavior in multi-tenanted buildings provides valuable insights into the challenges that confront the goal of achieving a 50% energy reduction in commercial buildings in the Greater Philadelphia region by 2014.
This report provides a detailed analysis is conducted on the process of developing building envelope components within EnergyPlus environment with the aim of identifying required input data and the design correlates for opaque and transparent assemblies. Alternative envelope model definition methods are discussed and explained through schemas developed to reveal relationships (hierarchies) between EnergyPlus classes and objects pertaining to a specific definition method.
This report investigates developing sky radiative models for the Modelica systems programming language and compare those results to sky radiative models used in current simulation tools such as TRNSYS and Matlab. TRNSYS and Matlab softwares are commercially available, and have been used extensively to implement sky radiative algorithms linked with component-based building simulations and control implementations. While the softwares do require nancial investments to access the simulation tools,the highly modular components are adaptable to new modeling improvements that emerge in the literature.
The purpose of this workshop was to bring together representatives from all of the tasks and from industry to develop a common understanding of Integration for GPIC, particularly as it relates to the lifecycle of a facility. The goal of this workshop was to develop the essential activities and interrelationship of tasks for the GPIC Energy Efficient Building Hub as they relate to the lifecycle of a building from planning through to operations.
The goals of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy Efficient Buildings are to improve energy efficiency and operability and reduce carbon emissions of new and existing buildings, focusing on full spectrum retrofit of existing average-size commercial and multi-family residential buildings, and to stimulate private investment and quality job creation in the Greater Philadelphia region and the larger Mid Atlantic region, and beyond.