Presentation Title

Mechanization of Systems Architecture & Simulator for Optimizing SoCal Home Designs

Faculty Mentor

William J Purpura, Nina Robson

Start Date

18-11-2017 11:15 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:30 AM

Location

9-243

Session

Engineering/CS 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Home architectures in Southern California were derived from homes in cold, wet, and snowy environments and are inefficient for local hot and dry conditions. This results in homes that are more expensive to build and much more expensive to maintain vs traditional architectures developed for local conditions. Previously, the initial project team created a closed solution set architecture for the design of homes that are optimized for both cost and operational parameters for our hot and dry weather. This team is mechanizing this architecture to enable optimization redesign of new and upgraded Southern California homes. The methods to be utilized will focus on analyzing subsystem integration, thermal analysis, energy generation/storage, energy recovery, integrated day-to-day control systems responsive to lifestyle and weather, building structural optimization, water utilization, and all financial impacts. The resulting architectural design tool will be used to automate and optimize these analyses to identify the best case architecture for a targeted structure that will create the maximum upfront and lifetime operational savings. We expect this tool to certify our preliminary cost saving estimates for residences designed with this optimized architecture based on detailed design and economic analysis for a suite of targeted structures within Southern California. This will significantly improve the affordability index to new home buyers within this climate zone which will have a significant positive economic impact across the board. Additionally, utilization of this tool on existing home renovations will further reduce both owner cost as well as improve energy savings across the system.

Summary of research results to be presented

Preliminary analysis of the initial architecture design for Southern California is projecting potential structural cost savings of 12-15% of the building plus 18-25% lifetime operational cost savings. The main goal of this phase of this project is to further refine these projected savings based on technical and financial analysis to an accuracy level acceptable to government agencies.

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Mechanization of Systems Architecture & Simulator for Optimizing SoCal Home Designs

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Home architectures in Southern California were derived from homes in cold, wet, and snowy environments and are inefficient for local hot and dry conditions. This results in homes that are more expensive to build and much more expensive to maintain vs traditional architectures developed for local conditions. Previously, the initial project team created a closed solution set architecture for the design of homes that are optimized for both cost and operational parameters for our hot and dry weather. This team is mechanizing this architecture to enable optimization redesign of new and upgraded Southern California homes. The methods to be utilized will focus on analyzing subsystem integration, thermal analysis, energy generation/storage, energy recovery, integrated day-to-day control systems responsive to lifestyle and weather, building structural optimization, water utilization, and all financial impacts. The resulting architectural design tool will be used to automate and optimize these analyses to identify the best case architecture for a targeted structure that will create the maximum upfront and lifetime operational savings. We expect this tool to certify our preliminary cost saving estimates for residences designed with this optimized architecture based on detailed design and economic analysis for a suite of targeted structures within Southern California. This will significantly improve the affordability index to new home buyers within this climate zone which will have a significant positive economic impact across the board. Additionally, utilization of this tool on existing home renovations will further reduce both owner cost as well as improve energy savings across the system.