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Proceedings of BSO Conference 2016: Third Conference of IBPSA-England


Performance Evaluation Of Mixed-Mode Ventilation Incorporating An Optimal Control

Xuyang Zhong, Hector Altamirano-Medina

Abstract: This study presents the assessment of a mixed-mode (MM) ventilation system with an optimal control to improve energy consumption and thermal comfort levels in a residential building located in Brighton, UK. An energy model was built via EnergyPlus and used to develop an optimal control with the Genetic Algorithm as an optimiser. When compared to conventional MM operations, it was found that a better control over indoor thermal conditions as well as reduced energy loads were achieved with the application of the optimal control. It was also demonstrated that enhanced existing building design features, such as increased thermal mass, could facilitate and highly improve the operation of MM ventilation, especially when an optimal control was considered.
Pages: 585 - 592