Date Approved

7-5-2016

Embargo Period

7-5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering

College

Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

First Advisor

Riddell, William

Second Advisor

Everett, Jess

Third Advisor

Bhatia, Krishan

Subject(s)

United States--National Guard--Energy consumption; Computer simulation

Disciplines

Construction Engineering and Management | Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

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.

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