Toward an Energy-Proportional Building prospect: Evaluation and analysis of the energy consumption in a green building testbed

Jianli Pan, Raj Jain, Pratim Biswas, Weining Wang, Sateesh Addepalli, Subharthi Paul

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Abstract

Energy efficiency for the buildings is vital for the environment and sustainability. Buildings are responsible for significant energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. Using a LEED-gold-certified green office building we built a unique experimental testbed for a multi-disciplinary research project on energy efficiency. We collected the building energy data for almost a year's period through a networked metering infrastructure. In this paper, we systematically evaluate and analyze this data. The findings show that due to the centrally controlled Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning, and Cooling (HAVC) systems, the total energy consumption in large office buildings of this type is not proportional to the actual usage and occupancy. Even correlation to outside weather is low. Through the lessons learned from energy saving efforts in computer industry, we envision an Energy-Proportional Building design in future. The energy consumption of such buildings would be proportional to the actual usage and occupancy. We also discuss the key ideas we learned from computer industry for such buildings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Energytech, Energytech 2013
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)9781467344449
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE Energytech, Energytech 2013 - Cleveland, OH, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2013Jul 23 2013

Publication series

Name2013 IEEE Energytech, Energytech 2013

Conference

Conference2013 IEEE Energytech, Energytech 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCleveland, OH
Period7/21/137/23/13

Keywords

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Modeling
  • Energy-Proportional Building
  • Green Buildings
  • Smart Energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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