Two aspects for modelling passive cooling are available have been modeled by Ricardo da Silva and integrated into CESAR-P together with Léonie Fierz.
Per default window shading is active but night ventilation is not used. To check see cesarp.operation operation_default_config.yml.
Passive cooling by window shading
Note: currently there is one set of parameters for all building types, but in reality behavior of users in residentail buildings compared to commercial, office or shool buildings differ.
TODO Pleas contact Ricardo Parreira da Silva for details on this implementation.
Passive cooling by night ventilation
Note: currently the model is designed for residential buildings. For other building types parameters would need to be evaluated.
Autor of this section: Ricardo Parreira da Silva
Parameters in configuration (see cesarp.operation operation_default_config.yml for defaults):
flow_rate # night ventilation nominal air flow rate - in air-changes-per-hour (ACH)
min_indoor_temperature # minimum indoor temperature for the space to require cooling (C) - above this value the window can be opened
maximum_in_out_deltaT # maximum indoor-outdoor temperature differential in (C) to ensure that the occupant only opens the window when the ambient can provide cooling, i.e., when the outdoor temperature is lower than the inside temperature by a given number of degrees
max_wind_speed # maximum wind speed threshold (m/s) - above this value the occupant closes the window
start_hour # night ventilation starting hour (00:00 format)
end_hour # night ventilation ending hour (00:00 format)
Maximum indoor air temperature set-point [°C]
this value is used to contemplate the possibility of using air conditioning
above this value of indoor temperature the window is closed so that the AC is not turned on with the window opened
simulation with cooling air-conditioning if we want to simulate passive cooling, and activate the AC cooling if passive not enough, then this value should be put to the cooling set-point schedule (cooling_setpoint_schedule)
simulation without cooling air-conditioning if we want to simulate only passive cooling without AC, then this value should be put to 99 and window will always open when cooling is required (and available) from night ventilation.
Outputs/Effect on model:
ventilation flow rate to provide cooling to the room
Models an exterior air flow rate to the inside room during the night to provide cooling in the summer season, when interior and exterior conditions allow it.
The actual flow rate is defined as a nominal air changer per hour (ACH) based on values recommended in scientific literature for night ventilation (Frank, 2005)
Window opening by occupants controlled by minimum temperature to require cooling, and indoor-outdoor differential, supported by the main drivers identified for actuation decision in Roetzl et al, 2010 ” (…) as key drivers for occupants using night ventilation, field studies identified indoor temperature, outdoor temperature, as well as window state before departure” Source: Roetzl et al. “A review of occupant control on natural ventilation”
The occupant actuation modelling is based in a differential on-off controller; sufficient for long-term energy modelling purposes.
The maximum indoor temperature - from which above that, active cooling can be turned on, is established by comfort conditions received from the cooling set point schedule (input)
Cooling by night ventilation schedule is established to be active from start_hour to end_hour
Possibility to close window above a maximum wind speed threshold is also addressed
to model occupant behavior of closing of window during high wind conditions
maximum wind speed value set to 40 m/s - EnergyPlus 8.5 default value
Observed small impact on heating energy demand (roughly below 5%)
No observed impact on electricity demand. (expected)
No observed impact on DHW consumption. (expected)
The full details of the model, with a extensive description will be fully documented in a publication to be released
Possibilities/ideas for improvement:
Introduction of previous state-of-the-window as criteria for actuation (2nd order criteria)
Introduction of multiplying factor for computing non-nominal renovation flow rate in function of available wind speed
Introduction of electrical consumption of window actuator (expected small)
for the case of domotization of windows - in modern buildings
Cowie,L., Carmeliet, J., Orehounig, K., “Predicted Impact of Climate Change on Cooling Requirements in Residential”, ETH Zurich Semester project, 2017 Roetzl, et al. “A review of occupant control on natural ventilation” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2010 Frank et al., “Climate change impacts on building heating and cooling energy demand in Switzerland. Energy and Buildings”, 2005
data model: cesarp.model.BuildingOperation.NightVent
factory for data model creation: cesarp.operation.PassiveCoolingOperationFactory
IDF writing: cesarp.eplus_adapter.idf_writer_night_vent.py - for copying the associated profile see CesarIDFWriter