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Peak Demand Reduction from Pre-Cooling with Zone Temperature Reset in an Office Building
Xu, P., P. Haves, and M.A. Piette, (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and J.E. Braun, (Purdue University).

The objective of this study was to demonstrate the potential for reducing peak-period electrical demand in moderate-weight commercial buildings by modifying the control of the HVAC system. An 80,000 ft2 office building with a medium-weight building structure and high window-to-wall ratio was used for a case study in which zone temperature set-points were adjusted prior to and during occupancy. HVAC performance data and zone temperatures were recorded using the building control system. Additional operative temperature sensors for selected zones and power meters for the chillers and the AHU fans were installed for the study. An energy performance baseline was constructed from data collected during normal operation. Two strategies for demand shifting using the building thermal mass were then programmed in the control system and implemented progressively over a period of one month.

Document Type:
Technical paper