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Application of a new dynamic heating system model using a range of common control strategies

Fong, Joshua, Edge, Jerry, Underwood, Chris, Tindale, Andy, Potter, Andy and Du, Hu ORCID: 2016. Application of a new dynamic heating system model using a range of common control strategies. Buildings 6 (2) , 23. 10.3390/buildings6020023

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This research investigates the overall heating energy consumptions using various control strategies, secondary heat emitters, and primary plant for a building. Previous research has successfully demonstrated that a dynamic distributed heat emitter model embedded within a simplified third-order lumped parameter building model is capable of achieving improved results when compared to other commercially available modelling tools. With the enhanced ability to capture transient effects of emitter thermal capacity, this research studies the influence of control strategies and primary plant configurations on the rate of energy consumption of a heating system. Four alternative control strategies are investigated: zone feedback; weather-compensated; a combination of both of these methods; and thermostatic control. The plant alternative configurations consist of conventional boilers, biomass boilers, and heat pumps supporting radiator heating and underfloor heating. The performance of the model is tested on a primary school building and can be applied to any residential or commercial building with a heating system. Results show that the new methods reported offer greater detail and rigor in the conduct of building energy modelling.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Additional Information: This paper is published under the terms of the CC-BY licence
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2075-5309
Funders: DesignBuilder Software Ltd.
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 27 May 2016
Last Modified: 07 May 2023 15:12

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