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Climate appropriate HVAC Systems for Commercial Buildings to Reduce Energy Use and Demand

This project will develop and demonstrate a Climate Appropriate Air Conditioning system for commercial buildings. The heart of this system is an intelligent HVAC controller that processes signals from building sensors and system feed-back to maximize system efficiency. This control system will manage two technologies to optimize building energy and peak demand reduction. Getting fresh air into commercial buildings is a code requirement. However, the ingress of hot air into a cooling system and vice versa presents an inefficiency problem. This project will evaluate heat-recovery ventilation (HRV) and indirect evaporative cooling (IEC) to decrease the temperature of the incoming air in the summer and increase it in the winter. Both technologies can be intelligently controlled by the building controller to reduce cooling and heating costs. This project will also research low global warming refrigerants for commercial buildings

Program Information
Funding Organization: 
California Energy Commission
Program Area: 
Buildings
Scope
Funded Performer: 
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Agreement Total: 
$2,834,721
Match Total: 
$440,509
Project Start Date: 
November 13, 2015
Project End Date: 
December 30, 2018
Project Details
Ongoing Initiative or Research Project: 
Research Project
Grid, Whole Building, or Technology: 
Technology
Technology Type: 
HVAC
Sub-Technology Type: 
HVAC - Cooling
Building Type: 
Commercial
New or Existing: 
New
DR Focus?: 
No
Code/Standard Focus?: 
No
Locale
BA Climate Region: 
Marine
IECC Climate Region: 
Zone 3
City: 
Palo Alto
State: 
California