M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering
United States--National Guard--Energy consumption; Computer simulation
Construction Engineering and Management | Mechanical Engineering
National Guard armories are audited to provide recommendations for future energy reduction measures. The annual energy consumption of a New Jersey National Guard Armories cannot be modeled directly with commercially available building simulation software, due to discrepancies between the modeling capabilities of the software and the reality of the armory. A building simulation software, eQUEST, was chosen for use in this project. Discrepancies between eQUEST inputs and reality were identified and correction factors developed to minimize the effect of each discrepancy on predicted energy consumption, with the end goal of accuracy between predicted and actual energy consumption. In addition, an alternative heating scenario was simulated using a corrected eQUEST model in combination with a heat transfer model to examine the effects on energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and cost. It was determined that space heater use in occupied rooms in combination with reduced use of the central heating system results in reduced energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and cost when not more than 30% of the building is occupied.
Schanck, Sarah E., "Modeling atypical building use with commercially available building simulation software" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 1734.