Controls are at the forefront of energy efficiency in both new construction and existing buildings. As building technology becomes more efficient and construction quality and materials improve, controls become the crucial point to ensure high performance of buildings. In this module, we will explore controls research conducted by NBI of some of the highest performing buildings in operation today: Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings.
Topics covered in this module include:
- Background information on ZNE buildings and this topic
- Characteristics of control systems studied
- Designers’ controls design selection process
- Information about controls users, including operators and occupants
- Energy impacts of control systems in high performance buildings
- Conclusions, industry trends and recommendations
Please be ready to take notes and stop the videos as necessary to follow along and answer questions as they are posed by the presenters.
- Understand the importance of controls systems in high performance and ZNE buildings
- Characterize priorities in the controls design selection process
- Gain awareness of common issues with controls in ZNE buildings and how these issues can be avoided or addressed
- Apply controls-related lessons learned from designers, operators and occupants
These modules were developed in partnership with South Seattle College for the Sustainable Building Science Technology program.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1406320. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.