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Annex 47 Cost Effective Commissioning of Existing and Low Energy Buildings

Status: Completed (2005-2010)


Operating Agents (Joint):

Daniel Choinière
Technology Expert, Natural Resources Canada
CANMET Energy Technology Centre -Varennes
1615 Lionel-Boulet, C.P. 4800, Varennes
Qc J3X 1S6, CANADA
Tel: +1 450 652 4874
Fax: +1 450 652 0999
Email: Daniel.Choiniere@NRCan.gc.ca

Natascha Milesi-Ferretti
Mechanical Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mechanical Systems & Controls Group
100 Bureau Drive Stop 8631
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8631, USA
Tel: +1 301 975 6420
Fax: +1 301 975 8973
Email: natascha.milesi-ferretti@nist.gov

Website: www.iea-annex47.org

Overview

Commissioning methods and tools are required to ensure that advanced components and systems reach their technical potential and operate energy-efficiently. Likewise, commissioning methods and tools should strive to improve the energy efficiency of conventional and advanced existing buildings beyond just the design intent. The goal of the project is to enable the effective commissioning of existing and future buildings in order to improve their operating performance. The aim is to advance the state-of-the-art of building commissioning by:

  • Extending previously developed methods and tools to address advanced systems and low energy buildings, utilizing design data and the buildings’ own systems in commissioning;
  • Automating the commissioning process to the extent practicable;
  • Developing methodologies and tools to improve operation of buildings in use, including identifying the best energy saving opportunities in HVAC system renovations and open reporting methods for the energy performance of buildings in support of the "EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive";
  • Quantifying and improving the costs and benefits of commissioning, including the persistence of benefits and the role of automated tools in improving persistence and reducing costs without sacrificing other important commissioning considerations.
The project has been carried out by means of the following three research areas:

  • Initial Commissioning of Advanced and Low Energy Buildings;
  • Commissioning and Optimization of Existing Buildings;
  • Commissioning Cost-Benefit and Persistence.

Participants: Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong/China, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, USA


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Publications Annex 47

Commissioning Overview
Edited by Chloé Legris, Natascha Milesi Ferretti and Daniel Choinière
2010, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Natural Resources Canada
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Flow Charts and Data Models for Initial Commissioning of Advanced and Low Energy Building Systems
Edited by Ömer Akin, Natascha Milesi Ferretti, Daniel Choiniere and David Claridge
2010, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Natural Resources Canada
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Commissioning Tools for Existing and Low energy Buildings
Edited by Christian Neumann, Harunori Yoshida, Daniel Choinière and Natascha Milesi Ferretti
2010, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Natural Resources Canada
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Commissioning Cost-Benefit and Persistence of Savings
Edited by Hannah Friedman, David Claridge, Daniel Choinière and Natascha Milesi Ferretti
2010, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Natural Resources Canada
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