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Systems Approach to Improved Facility Energy Performance

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Technical Report

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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Champaign United States

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The Department of Defense DoD is interested in improving its facilities to enhance energy performance and improve mold and mildew mitigation. This research effort used a pair of administrative facilities Bldgs 1540A and B at Fort Detrick, MD to investigate the use of radiant heating and cooling systems to cost-effectively improve such facilities using technologies that are easily maintainable by existing staff. This project found that 1 it is feasible to significantly improve the air tightness of an existing building envelope without implementing major changes or disruptions to the interior or exterior surfaces of the building envelope 2 radiant heating and cooling systems can adequately maintain comfort conditions in administrative buildings in locations with significant heating and cooling loads 3 radiant cooling systems, when combined with a Dedicated Outdoor Air Supply DOAS system to properly dehumidify outdoor air and maintain proper space humidity conditions, can prevent condensation forming on the surface of the radiant cooling panels 4 radiant heating and cooling systems are capable of improved energy efficiency when compared with conventional all-air Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning HVAC systems 5 radiant systems are cost competitive with conventional all-air HVAC systems, and 6 radiant systems are easily maintainable and require no special skills for HVAC technicians.

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  • Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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