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Analysis of Energy Conservation Options for USDOE Child Development Center
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The Child Development Center (CDC) was designed to be a "showpiece" model building. Its construction included energy efficient features, including a photovoltaic system, solar hot water system, energy efficient lighting, and energy efficient heat pumps. The architect's estimate of the energy savings from these measures totaled 31.5 MWh per year, an annual savings of about $1,575 (at $0.05/kWh). The DOE-2 predicted total annual energy use for the CDC with all the ECO's installed is 146,317 kWh or 61,652 Btu/ft2-yr which is a 12% reduction from the DOE-2 predicted energy use of 166,559 kWh (70,181 Btu/ft2-yr using 1 kWh=3,413 Btu) if the ECOs had not been installed.
DescriptionThis report presents the results of a study that verifies the energy savings due to the individual ECOs through the use of a calibrated DOE-2 simulation. The results show that roughly 84% of the savings estimated by the GSA architect can be accounted for by the calibrated simulation. Energy Systems Laboratory Texas A&M University Texas Engineering Experiment Station College Station, Texas
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Bou-Saada, T. E.; Haberl, J. S. (1993). Analysis of Energy Conservation Options for USDOE Child Development Center. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu), Texas A&M University; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from