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Role of Modeling When Designing for Absolute Energy Use Intensity Requirements in a Design-Build Framework: Preprint

Description: The Research Support Facility was designed to use half the energy of an equivalent minimally code-compliant building, and to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes on an annual basis. These energy goals and their substantiation through simulation were explicitly included in the project's fixed firm price design-build contract. The energy model had to be continuously updated during the design process and to match the final building as-built to the greatest degree possible. Computer modeling played a key role throughout the design process and in verifying that the contractual energy goals would be met within the specified budget. The main tool was a whole building energy simulation program. Other models were used to provide more detail or to complement the whole building simulation tool. Results from these specialized models were fed back into the main whole building simulation tool to provide the most accurate possible inputs for annual simulations. This paper will detail the models used in the design process and how they informed important program and design decisions on the path from preliminary design to the completed building.
Date: March 1, 2011
Creator: Hirsch, A.; Pless, S.; Guglielmetti, R.; Torcellini, P. A.; Okada, D. & Antia, P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Supporting Interdisciplinary Research @ UNT Libraries

Description: Presentation for The Multidisciplinary Information Research Symposium (MIRS-2019). This presentation discusses UNT Libraries’ experience in collaborating with UNT's College of Information (COI) faculty members and providing a real world environment for COI students to practically experience the intersection of people, technology, and information. The presentation highlights the benefits of UNT’s Libraries’ local, state-wide, national, and international projects, ranging from harvesting UNT websites, to the Texas Register archive established through a partnership with the Office of the Texas Secretary of State, to the End-of-Term Presidential Harvest (EOT) and International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), a global network of experts archiving the web for future generations. All these active and ongoing high profile projects provide a wealth of data and research questions to be investigated.
Date: April 27, 2019
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Partner: UNT Libraries

Teaming up with Your Graduate School for Academic and Career Success

Description: As libraries continue to reinvent themselves to remain relevant, spaces, services, and instruction targeted specifically for the needs of the graduate student community are essential. This chapter describes how the Library Research Support Services Department (LRSS) of the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries has collaborated with The Toulouse Graduate School (TGS) to support graduate students through the process of achieving the following three milestones: (1) writing the dissertation or thesis proposal, (2) completing the writing of the dissertation or thesis, and (3) developing an elevator speech for potential employers.
Date: 2018
Creator: O'Toole, Erin; Barham, Rebecca; Monahan, Jo & Smith, Susan
Partner: UNT Libraries

Research Support Facility - A Model of Super Efficiency (RSF) (Fact Sheet)

Description: This fact sheet published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory discusses the lab's newest building, the Research Support Facility (RSF). The RSF is a showcase for ultra-efficient workplaces. Various renewable energy and energy efficiency features have been employed so that the building achieves a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Date: August 1, 2010
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Metering Best Practices Applied in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Research Support Facility: A Primer to the 2011 Measured and Modeled Energy Consumption Datasets

Description: Modern buildings are complex energy systems that must be controlled for energy efficiency. The Research Support Facility (RSF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has hundreds of controllers -- computers that communicate with the building's various control systems -- to control the building based on tens of thousands of variables and sensor points. These control strategies were designed for the RSF's systems to efficiently support research activities. Many events that affect energy use cannot be reliably predicted, but certain decisions (such as control strategies) must be made ahead of time. NREL researchers modeled the RSF systems to predict how they might perform. They then monitor these systems to understand how they are actually performing and reacting to the dynamic conditions of weather, occupancy, and maintenance.
Date: April 1, 2013
Creator: Sheppy, M.; Beach, A. & Pless, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Energy Use Intensity and its Influence on the Integrated Daylighting Design of a Large Net Zero Energy Building: Preprint

Description: Net-zero energy buildings generate as much energy as they consume and are significant in the sustainable future of building design and construction. The role of daylighting (and its simulation) in the design process becomes critical. In this paper we present the process the National Renewable Energy Laboratory embarked on in the procurement, design, and construction of its newest building, the Research Support Facility (RSF) - particularly the roles of daylighting, electric lighting, and simulation. With a rapid construction schedule, the procurement, design, and construction had to be tightly integrated; with low energy use. We outline the process and measures required to manage a building design that could expect to operate at an efficiency previously unheard of for a building of this type, size, and density. Rigorous simulation of the daylighting and the electric lighting control response was a given, but the oft-ignored disconnect between lighting simulation and whole-building energy use simulation had to be addressed. The RSF project will be thoroughly evaluated for its performance for one year; preliminary data from the postoccupancy monitoring efforts will also be presented with an eye toward the current efficacy of building energy and lighting simulation.
Date: March 1, 2011
Creator: Guglielmetti , R.; Scheib, J.; Pless, S. D.; Torcellini , P. & Petro, R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Research Support Facility (RSF): Leadership in Building Performance (Brochure)

Description: This brochure/poster provides information on the features of the Research Support Facility including a detailed illustration of the facility with call outs of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Imagine an office building so energy efficient that its occupants consume only the amount of energy generated by renewable power on the building site. The building, the Research Support Facility (RSF) occupied by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) employees, uses 50% less energy than if it were built to current commercial code and achieves the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED{reg_sign}) Platinum rating. With 19% of the primary energy in the U.S. consumed by commercial buildings, the RSF is changing the way commercial office buildings are designed and built.
Date: September 1, 2011
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Agricultural Postharvest Technology and Marketing Economics Research

Description: A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that presents "findings and conclusions regarding the role of the public and private research participants in the PHTME (postharvest technology and marketing economics) research, the benefits and burdens of PHTME research, trends in PHTME research funding, quality of PHTME research, and management of PHTME research in the public sector (p. iii).
Date: May 1983
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Promoting Partnership and Interdisciplinarity in Evolving LIS Education

Description: Panel presentation for The Multidisciplinary Information Research Symposium (MIRS-2019). The panel brings together diverse stakeholders and explored the current landscape shaping the future of information, language and power in a global and digital world. The combined presentation slides offer summary of panelists' perspectives on partnership, interdiciplinarity, new challenges, as well as new opportunities for LIS research.
Date: April 27, 2019
Creator: Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw; Zavalina, Oksana; Baker, Rose M. & Palmer, Alexis
Partner: UNT Libraries

Promoting Partnership and Interdisciplinarity for LIS Education

Description: Document proposal for a panel discussion at the Multidisciplinary Information Research Symposium (MIRS-2019). There are five panelists listed with brief descriptions of their topics including the current landscape shaping the future of information, language and power in a global and digital world, partnership, interdiciplinarity, new challenges, as well as new opportunities for LIS research.
Date: April 27, 2019
Creator: Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw; Zavalina, Oksana; Baker, Rose M. & Palmer, Alexis
Partner: UNT Libraries

Selecting a Control Strategy for Plug and Process Loads

Description: Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) are building loads that are not related to general lighting, heating, ventilation, cooling, and water heating, and typically do not provide comfort to the building occupants. PPLs in commercial buildings account for almost 5% of U.S. primary energy consumption. On an individual building level, they account for approximately 25% of the total electrical load in a minimally code-compliant commercial building, and can exceed 50% in an ultra-high efficiency building such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Research Support Facility (RSF) (Lobato et al. 2010). Minimizing these loads is a primary challenge in the design and operation of an energy-efficient building. A complex array of technologies that measure and manage PPLs has emerged in the marketplace. Some fall short of manufacturer performance claims, however. NREL has been actively engaged in developing an evaluation and selection process for PPLs control, and is using this process to evaluate a range of technologies for active PPLs management that will cap RSF plug loads. Using a control strategy to match plug load use to users' required job functions is a huge untapped potential for energy savings.
Date: September 1, 2012
Creator: Lobato, C.; Sheppy, M.; Brackney, L.; Pless, S. & Torcellini, P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Reducing Plug and Process Loads for a Large Scale, Low Energy Office Building: NREL's Research Support Facility; Preprint

Description: This paper documents the design and operational plug and process load energy efficiency measures needed to allow a large scale office building to reach ultra high efficiency building goals. The appendices of this document contain a wealth of documentation pertaining to plug and process load design in the RSF, including a list of equipment was selected for use.
Date: February 1, 2011
Creator: Lobato, C.; Pless, S.; Sheppy, M. & Torcellini, P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Main Street Zero Energy Buildings: The Zero Energy Method in Concept and Practice: Preprint

Description: Ongoing work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory indicates that net-zero energy building (NZEB) status is both achievable and repeatable today. This paper presents a definition framework for classifying NZEBs and a real-life example that demonstrates how a large-scale office building can cost-effectively achieve net-zero energy.
Date: July 1, 2010
Creator: Torcellini, P.; Pless, S.; Lobato, C. & Hootman, T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

On the Use of Integrated Daylighting and Energy Simulations to Drive the Design of a Large Net-Zero Energy Office Building: Preprint

Description: This paper illustrates the challenges of integrating rigorous daylight and electric lighting simulation data with whole-building energy models, and defends the need for such integration to achieve aggressive energy savings. Through a case study example, we examine the ways daylighting -- and daylighting simulation -- drove the design of a large net-zero energy project. We give a detailed review of the daylighting and electric lighting design process for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Research Support Facility (RSF), a 220,000 ft2 net-zero energy project the author worked on as a daylighting consultant. A review of the issues involved in simulating and validating the daylighting performance of the RSF will be detailed, including daylighting simulation, electric lighting control response, and integration of Radiance simulation data into the building energy model. Daylighting was a key strategy in reaching the contractual energy use goals for the RSF project; the building's program, layout, orientation and interior/furniture design were all influenced by the daylighting design, and simulation was critical in ensuring these many design components worked together in an integrated fashion, and would perform as required to meet a very aggressive energy performance goal, as expressed in a target energy use intensity.
Date: August 1, 2010
Creator: Guglielmetti, R.; Pless, S. & Torcellini, P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Technology Assessment: NREL Provides Know-How for Highly Energy-Efficient Data Centers (Fact Sheet)

Description: NREL leads the effort to change how energy is used worldwide by helping identify and eliminate barriers to energy efficiency and clean energy technology deployment. The laboratory takes a portfolio approach that explores the full range of technology options for developing and implementing innovative energy performance solutions. The Research Support Facility (RSF) data center is a prime example of NREL's capabilities and expertise in energy efficiency. But, more important, its features can be replicated. NREL provides custom technical assistance and training for improved data center performance to help our customers realize cost savings.
Date: May 1, 2012
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rapid Application Development with OpenStudio: Preprint

Description: This paper presents several case studies of rapidly implemented, audience-specific applications for whole building energy modeling and standards analysis. By tailoring each application to the audience and the task at hand, the required learning curve for new users was greatly reduced. Each case study used OpenStudio, the U.S. Department of Energy's middleware software development kit (SDK). OpenStudio provides an easy interface to the EnergyPlus whole building simulation engine, while extending its capability and providing higher-level functionality such as software interoperability, standards, analysis, and optimization. Each case study is unique in the technology employed to interface with OpenStudio as well as the methods used for user interaction and data presentation. Four case studies are presented.
Date: May 1, 2012
Creator: Weaver, E.; Long, N.; Fleming, K.; Schott, M.; Benne, K. & Hale, E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Case Studies Comparing System Advisor Model (SAM) Results to Real Performance Data: Preprint

Description: NREL has completed a series of detailed case studies comparing the simulations of the System Advisor Model (SAM) and measured performance data or published performance expectations. These case studies compare PV measured performance data with simulated performance data using appropriate weather data. The measured data sets were primarily taken from NREL onsite PV systems and weather monitoring stations.
Date: June 1, 2012
Creator: Blair, N.; Dobos, A. & Sather, N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Energy Innovations: Science & Technology at NREL, Summer 2010 (Brochure)

Description: The Energy Innovations newsletter serves as a key outreach tool for NREL to tout the lab's accomplishments, progress, and activities to key stakeholders who can impact the lab's level of funding and potential resources. Audiences include VIP visitors to NREL, current and potential partners in our work, and key decision makers who want to know about NREL's R&D directions and the quality and significance of our results.
Date: July 1, 2010
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department