Energy demands for commercial buildings with climate variability based on emission scenarios

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Publication Type Conference Paper
School or College College of Engineering
Department Mechanical Engineering
Creator Bianchi, Carlo
Other Author Didier, Richard C.; Mendoza, Danile L.; Tran, Thomas T.D.; Smith, Amanda D.
Title Energy demands for commercial buildings with climate variability based on emission scenarios
Date 2017
Description The impacts of a changing climate are wide-ranging in both impact and scope. This paper investigates the effect that realistic climate variability would have on building energy demands in Salt Lake City, UT to inform planning for air quality impacts. Energy demand scenarios were derived using climate projections through the year 2040, at two different scales: individual model buildings, representing recent construction codes; and a group of actual buildings in the central business district of Salt Lake City, encompassing a primarily commercial set of the existing building stock. Current weather data observations and future weather based on climate predictions were obtained from Atmospheric Sciences researchers at the University of Utah. The corresponding changes in energy consumption are illustrated using detailed building energy modeling (BEM) for the three representative individual model buildings: large and small office buildings and a hospital. Then changes in energy consumption are modeled using simplified BEM for the group of actual buildings. Finally, related changes in associated building-related emissions of CO2 are presented. Results indicate that both direct and indirect emissions tend to increase as the climate warms and temperature variability increases. However, heating load decreases under these climate variability scenarios, which may result in small decreases in direct emissions, for gas heating, or indirect emissions, for electrical heating.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject BEM; EnergyPlus; Emissions; Climate; Energy
Language eng
Conference Title ASHRAE 2017 Winter Conference
Rights Management (c) Carlo Bianchi, Daniel L. Mendoza, Richard C. Dider, Thomas T.D. Tran, Amanda D. Smith
Format Medium application/pdf
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Setname ir_uspace
Date Created 2017-12-11
Date Modified 2017-12-11
ID 1287024
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v73gk7
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