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Proceedings of eSim 2020: 11th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Energy sharing potential in mixed-use cluster

Kuljeet Singh, Caroline Hachem-Vermette
University of Calgary, Canada

Abstract: This work presents the energy sharing potential within a mixed-use building cluster. A residential multi-storey building is considered in this work along with various commercial and institutional buildings. Commercial use include three types of buildings such as offices, supermarkets and retails, whereas, institutional buildings only include schools. Accordingly, for various mixtures of buildings (e.g. multi-storey residential and offices), seasonal total load profiles are compared using EnergyPlus simulations for Calgary, Canada. The construction of multi-storey residential and commercial buildings are adopted as per Canadian practices implementing high performance envelops ensuring energy efficiency. Further, a method of normalized load profiles and calculation of energy sharing measure is proposed to estimate the energy sharing potential among various mixtures. In most of the mixtures, the energy sharing potential is available from 9 am to 5 pm. The energy sharing potential found to be maximum between multi-storey residential and school mixture in spring, summer and fall seasons with energy sharing potential measure index of 0.366, 0.355 and 0.350, respectively. In spring and fall, multi-storey-retails mixture has second largest energy sharing potential after multi-storey-school mixture. However, in winter multi-storey-retails mixture yields maximum energy sharing potential with measure value of 0.285. In spring, summer and fall seasons, the least energy sharing potential is observed for multi-storey residential-supermarket mixture. Additionally, in winter, the minimum energy sharing is possible in multi-storey residential mixtures with offices and retails.