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Design and testing of a control strategy for a large naturally ventilated office building

Graça, G. C.; Linden, P. F.; McConahey, E.; Haves, P., 2003
design | naturel ventilation | office building | testing
Bibliographic info: 8th IBPSA International conference and exhibition on building simulation- Technische Universiteit Eindhoven - August 11-14 - 2003 - Session 7A5 - Applications -
Languages: English

The design for the new Federal Building for San Francisco includes an office tower that is to be naturally ventilated. Each floor is designed to be cross-ventilated, through upper windows that are controlled by the building management system (BMS). Users have control over lower windows, which can be as much as 50% of the total operable area. There are significant differences in

the performance and the control of the windward and leeward sides of the building, and separate monitoring and control strategies are determined for each side. The performance and control of the building has been designed and tested using a modified version of EnergyPlus. Results from studies with EnergyPlus and CFD are used in designing the control strategy. EnergyPlus was extended to model a simplified version of the airflow pattern determined using CFD. Wind-driven cross-ventilation produces a main jet through the upper openings of the building, across the ceiling from the windward to the leeward side. Below this jet, the occupied regions are subject to a recirculating airflow. Results show that temperatures within the building are predicted to be satisfactory, provided a suitable control strategy is implemented uses night cooling in periods of hot weather. The control strategy has 10 window opening modes. EnergyPlus was extended to simulate the effects of these

modes, and to assess the effects of different forms of user behavior. The results show how user behavior can significantly


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