Building energy and envelope performance of a near net zero energy building

Stanley D. Gatland, David Riley, Remi Goulet, Julie M. Dinh-Ngoc, Diana Elliott, Parhum Delgoshaei

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Abstract

Pennsylvania State University’s GridSTAR Experience Center, located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, features a near net zero energy building. A unique combination of building materials, construction methods, energy management strategies, and renewable energy sources were employed to approach net zero. The building is heated using the combination of a solar thermal hot-water system, a high-efficiency electric hot-water heater, and high-performance mini split heat pumps. Research was conducted to evaluate building energy and envelope performance. The results of the measured building energy performance were compared to a whole-building energy simulation. One-dimensional hygrothermal modeling results were compared to measured data for the above-grade wall assemblies. Measured temperatures and relative humidity were found to agree with simulated results within the uncertainty of the thermocouples and relative humidity sensors. Total measured building energy consumption compared well to simulated results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings - XIII International Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Pages668-678
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781939200501
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event13th International Conference on Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings 2016 - Clearwater, United States
Duration: Dec 4 2016Dec 8 2016

Publication series

NameThermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings
Volume2016-December
ISSN (Electronic)2166-8469

Other

Other13th International Conference on Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings 2016
CountryUnited States
CityClearwater
Period12/4/1612/8/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Gatland, S. D., Riley, D., Goulet, R., Dinh-Ngoc, J. M., Elliott, D., & Delgoshaei, P. (2016). Building energy and envelope performance of a near net zero energy building. In Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings - XIII International Conference (pp. 668-678). (Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings; Vol. 2016-December). American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).