Optimization of indoor environmental quality and ventilation load in office space by multilevel coupling of building energy simulation and computational fluid dynamics

Yunqing Fan, Kazuhide Ito

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Abstract

The fundamentals, implementation, and application of an integrated simulation as an approach for predicting the indoor environmental quality for an open-type office and for quantifying energy saving potential under optimized ventilation are presented in this paper. An integrated simulation procedure based on a building energy simulation and computational fluid dynamics, incorporated with a conceptual model of a CO2 demand controlled ventilation (DCV) system and proportional integral control of an air conditioning system as the optimization assessment of conceptual model in the occupied zone, was developed. This numerical model quantitatively exhibits energy conservation and represents the non-uniform distribution patterns of airflow properties and CO2 concentration levels in terms of energy recovery and indoor thermal comfort. By means of an integrated simulation, the long-term energy consumption of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are predicted precisely and dynamically. Relative to a ventilation system with a basic constant air volume supply rate characterized by a fixed outdoor air intake rate from the ceiling supply opening, the optimized CO2-DCV system coupled with energy recovery ventilators reduced total energy consumption by 29.1% (in summer conditions) and 40.9% (winter).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-659
Number of pages11
JournalBuilding Simulation
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Energy (miscellaneous)

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