The proposed testing protocol will be implemented on both the system-level controlled lab testing and the system-level field trial testing.
- The proposed lab testing will be conducted in two state-of-the-art testing facilities that can perform dynamic testing of sensors and an entire energy system within a controlled environment representing both commercial and residential buildings. A side-by-side comparison between the baseline and the proposed occupancy-based control will be conducted through the unique system setup in Delos’s Well Living Lab™ and PNNL’s Lab Homes.
- For commercial buildings, the proposed field-trial testing will feature occupancy-driven controls specified in ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and Guideline 36 and will be demonstrated with building automation system from three different vendors to ensure adoption diversity and flexibility. Demonstrations will be in three different sub-markets (i.e., office, lodging, academic) with four distinct types of building floor plans (i.e., classrooms mixed with offices, a closed-office layout with conference rooms, etc.). Two climate zones are to be included in the testing. For residential buildings, the demonstration will be in four homes with distinctly different floor plans.
PNNL Lab Homes
Located in Richland, WA, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory “Lab Homes” project is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest region. PNNL has purchased two custom factory-built double-wide homes and set them up, side by side, on the PNNL campus to conduct energy research.
More info: https://hvac.engr.tamu.edu/pnnl-lab-homes/
Delos Well Living Lab
Delos Well Living Lab is a 7,000 ft2 facility located in an existing office building in Rochester, MN. The one-of-a-kind research facility is highly reconfigurable to support various types of built-environment-related studies.
Tuscaloosa City Hall
Tuscaloosa City Hall is located in downtown Tuscaloosa at 2201 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. It is used as an office building, with various room types such as the open office, private office, conference rooms, etc. The Automated Logic system is used for control this building.
Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk
The San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk is a 30 story, 350-foot tall hotel along the San Antonio River Walk in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, constructed in 1979. It is the 8th tallest building in the city and one of the tallest hotels in the city.