2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference
Dr. Sharareh Kermanshachi, University of Texas at Arlington (Presenter)
The energy use has been growing so fast within last decades due to the rapid developments and increase in population. Several social, economic and environmental reasons raised concerns to lessen the energy use globally. In developed communities, energy consumption in buildings of various usages has a large contribution of the overall energy use. Therefore, efficient energy use in the buildings can help to optimize the energy consumption significantly. In this study, the energy performance and the associated operating costs of a building have been calculated and compared with experimental amounts. For this purpose, DOE-2 computer simulation program was implemented. DOE-2 program is capable of detailed and quick energy consumption analysis of buildings. The energy used to produce heat consumed most of the energy comparing the other users of energy in the building. The results of this study revealed that the consumed heat in the case study building was more than the experimental amounts, while the consumed electricity was very close to the experimental amounts. The findings of this study helps to identify the issues with DOE-2 energy software as well as providing empirical evidence to validate the program, and gives insight to the designers for designing less energy consuming buildings or energy-aware design.