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Title: Systems approach to improved facility energy performance
Authors: Miller, James P.
Keywords: Military bases--Energy consumption
Air conditioning
Buildings--Environmental engineering
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CERL TR-17-26
Abstract: The Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in improving its facilities to enhance energy performance and improve mold and mildew mitigation. This research effort used a pair of administrative facilities (Bldgs 1540A&B) at Fort Detrick, MD to investigate the use of radiant heating and cooling systems to cost effectively improve such facilities using technologies that are easily maintainable by existing staff. This project found that: (1) it is feasible to significantly improve the air tightness of an existing building envelope without implementing major changes or disruptions to the interior or exterior surfaces of the building envelope; (2) radiant heating and cooling systems can adequately maintain comfort conditions in administrative buildings in locations with significant heating and cooling loads; (3) radiant cooling systems, when combined with a Dedicated Outdoor Air Supply (DOAS) system to properly dehumidify outdoor air and maintain proper space humidity conditions, can prevent condensation forming on the surface of the radiant cooling panels; (4) radiant heating and cooling systems are capable of improved energy efficiency when com-pared with conventional all-air Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems; (5) radiant systems are cost competitive with conventional all-air HVAC systems, and (6) radiant systems are easily maintainable and require no special skills for HVAC technicians.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CERL TR-17-26
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 173 pages / 5.539 Mb
Types of Materials: PDF
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