Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

2000  The University of Texas at San Antonio  (75818)

Principal Investigator: Dong, Bing (Principal Investigator)  

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 500,000

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 1/1/18 - 12/31/20

Restricted Research: YES


Department, Center, School, or Institute: COE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING  

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Quantification of HVAC Energy Savings for Occupancy Sensing in Buildings through An Innovative Testing Methodology

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: University of Alabama

CFDA: 81.135

Program Title: N/A


To quantify the deep HVAC energy savings for emerging occupancy sensor-driven controls in commercial and residential buildings, we propose to design and explore a novel protocol with an eight-level diversity and a simulation suite to investigate various types of occupancy sensors for detection failure rates and energy saving potentials in real-world retrofit scenarios (Figure 1). The proposed testing protocol and simulation suite, which can be used for any sensor-driven HVAC energy efficient technology, will be tested and validated in side-by-side laboratory controlled environments and actual field trial testing for both commercial and residential settings. The proposed work is built upon the team’s unique experience in developing ASHRAE Standard 90.1 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings), 62.1 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality) and ASHRAE Guideline Project Committee GPC 36 (High Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems), implementation of sensor-driven control sequences including CO2-based demand controlled ventilation in the field, and simulation-based nationwide energy savings analysis for ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and Advanced Energy Design Guides.

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