Engan, Kenneth Paul (2007-08). A Comparison of Commissioning Savings Determination Methodologies and the Persistence of Commissioning Savings in Three Buildings. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon

abstract

  • This thesis compares the variability of commissioning savings and the persistence of savings from the Normalized Annual Consumption (NAC) and standard International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) weather normalization approaches and from Option C and Option D of the IPMVP. Twenty-nine different weather years were used to obtain a set of savings results under each method. Variability of savings was quantified by the average standard deviation of the 29 percent savings results across all post-commissioning periods for each method. For the combined chilled and hot water savings, the average standard deviation is 0.39% savings for Option D using the NAC weather normalization approach, 0.57% savings for Option D using the standard IPMVP weather normalization approach, 0.71% savings for Option C with regression models using the NAC weather normalization approach, and 0.98% savings for Option C with regression models using the standard IPMVP weather normalization approach. The variability of savings persistence results deviate a little from variability of savings results. For the combined chilled and hot water persistence of savings, the average standard deviation across all post-commissioning periods is 0.48% persistence for Option D using the NAC weather normalization approach, 0.55% persistence for Option D using the standard IPMVP weather normalization approach, 0.52% persistence for Option C with regression models using the NAC weather normalization approach, and 1.26% persistence for Option C with regression models using the standard IPMVP weather normalization approach. Overall, the NAC weather normalization approach shows less variability in savings and persistence than the standard IPMVP weather normalization approach. Additionally, Option D of the IPMVP generally shows less variability in savings and persistence of savings than Option C with regression models. This thesis also determines the savings and persistence of savings from commissioning for three Texas A&M University buildings. Aggregate site savings averaged 11.4%, 16.5%, and 19.0% for the three buildings over differing periods of available data. Persistence results for the three buildings are quite favorable, as each building shows an increase in aggregate site savings between the first and last post-commissioning periods. Follow-up commissioning restored and prevented degradation of savings in two of the buildings.
  • This thesis compares the variability of commissioning savings and the persistence of
    savings from the Normalized Annual Consumption (NAC) and standard International
    Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) weather normalization
    approaches and from Option C and Option D of the IPMVP. Twenty-nine different
    weather years were used to obtain a set of savings results under each method.
    Variability of savings was quantified by the average standard deviation of the 29 percent
    savings results across all post-commissioning periods for each method. For the
    combined chilled and hot water savings, the average standard deviation is 0.39% savings
    for Option D using the NAC weather normalization approach, 0.57% savings for Option
    D using the standard IPMVP weather normalization approach, 0.71% savings for Option
    C with regression models using the NAC weather normalization approach, and 0.98%
    savings for Option C with regression models using the standard IPMVP weather
    normalization approach.
    The variability of savings persistence results deviate a little from variability of savings
    results. For the combined chilled and hot water persistence of savings, the average
    standard deviation across all post-commissioning periods is 0.48% persistence for
    Option D using the NAC weather normalization approach, 0.55% persistence for Option
    D using the standard IPMVP weather normalization approach, 0.52% persistence for
    Option C with regression models using the NAC weather normalization approach, and 1.26% persistence for Option C with regression models using the standard IPMVP
    weather normalization approach.
    Overall, the NAC weather normalization approach shows less variability in savings and
    persistence than the standard IPMVP weather normalization approach. Additionally,
    Option D of the IPMVP generally shows less variability in savings and persistence of
    savings than Option C with regression models.
    This thesis also determines the savings and persistence of savings from commissioning
    for three Texas A&M University buildings. Aggregate site savings averaged 11.4%,
    16.5%, and 19.0% for the three buildings over differing periods of available data.
    Persistence results for the three buildings are quite favorable, as each building shows an
    increase in aggregate site savings between the first and last post-commissioning periods.
    Follow-up commissioning restored and prevented degradation of savings in two of the
    buildings.

publication date

  • August 2007