research project list

Blowing Off Steam: The Case for Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Heat Pumps Steam heating systems use approximately twice as much fuel for space heating as other heating systems. Heating savings of over 50% are estimated to be achievable by converting steam heating systems to VRF heat pumps, with additional electricity savings derived from high-efficiency air conditioning, and with substantial water savings as well. Converting to VRF heat pumps offers a path to zero-energy buildings. Final report

Optimizing Deep Energy Retrofits A collaboration with Snug Planet and Dow Building Solutions found that deep energy retrofits, using a single layer of 2.5” Thermax polyisocyanurate rigid foam insulation, can reduce heating energy use by up to 60%. The work yielded many good discoveries through a time and motion study and implementation at each of the four project houses. Final report

Geothermal Desiccant Cooling: A New Approach to Air Conditioning. Research project for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Syracuse Center of Excellence. Prototype design, construction, and testing of split-airstream desiccant cooling system. U.S. Patent awarded 2010.

Acoustic method for measuring air infiltration Research project for the Syracuse Center of Excellence. A method has been developed to measure air infiltration in a building by measuring sound transmission loss (STL) through gaps/cracks in various building components. Lab and field testing results show that the method has promise to be used to measure air infiltration in a building and it is anticipated that using this method could also assist people to make better decisions about sealing the air gaps in their buildings, by quantifying air leakage for different building components.

Coheat testing on houses built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) and insulated concrete forms (ICFs). High Performance Residential Design Challenge sponsored by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Coheat testing is a research approach to measure a building’s heat loss rate and to measure distribution losses. In collaboration with IBTS, Herndon, VA.

Integrating Solar Heat and Ventilation Controls in Multifamily Buildings. Pilot research project to assess the commercial viability of solar preheating ventilation make-up air, and also to examine ventilation controls issues. For the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Method to Diagnose Window Failures and Measure U-Values on Site. Research project for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Integrated Approaches to Eliminating Air Bypass in HVAC Equipment. Investigation of air-bypass-caused coil freezing in vertical-stack water-source heat pumps. Research project for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Final report issued March 2009.

Demand Control Strategies for Room Air Conditioners in Multifamily Buildings. Research project for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Energy and demand modeling of a variety of control strategies to reduce peak summer demand using the EnergyPlus model. 2006.

Crawl Space Improvements in New York State Multifamily Buildings: Analysis and Recommendations. Study of crawlspace design, insulation, and ventilation. Recommendations to improve design, to reduce humidity, reduce heat loss, and reduce risk of freezing pipes in crawlspaces. For the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. 2005.

Data Analysis for Duct Distribution Heat Loss Measurements. Research project in collaboration with Synertec Systems Corporation and Brookhaven National Labs, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. 1998-1999.

Options for Converting All-Electric Multifamily Heating Systems.Rresearch project for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. 1996-2000.

Field Evaluation of an Integrated Ground-Source Heat Pump. Research project for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.Automatic field data acquisition at two single-family dwelling sites over a one-year period to measure detailed energy use of a novel heating and air conditioning system. Final Report 1998.

Evaluation of Ventilation in Multi-Family Dwellings. Research project for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.Prime contractor for 1-year research project which examined ten buildings around New York State and City.Contract included development of a Model Ventilation Audit, evaluation of potential energy savings, review of relevant ventilation codes, and training in a series of workshops which were held statewide during autumn 1992.

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