An Evaluation of the Actual Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality Performance of On-Campus Buildings Designed in Accordance with LEED V4 Rating Criteria for New Construction

EPA Grant Number: SU839296
Title: An Evaluation of the Actual Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality Performance of On-Campus Buildings Designed in Accordance with LEED V4 Rating Criteria for New Construction
Investigators: Mukhopadhyay, Jaya
Institution: Montana State University - Bozeman
EPA Project Officer: Page, Angela
Phase: I
Project Period: February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019
Project Amount: $14,925
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Research Category: Sustainability , P3 Awards , P3 Challenge Area - Energy

Objective:

It is proposed to develop a suite of guidelines for architects and engineers to ensure adequate Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) along with providing measures for reducing energy consumption in the operation of Green buildings. The guidelines will prompt designers to account for occupant comfort via means of ensuring adequate IEQ when considering implementation of energy efficiency strategies in Green buildings. This study also aims to establish a hands-on experience for students of architecture and engineering in evaluating the physical performance of building systems. By gaining this experience the students will learn about the importance as well as the correlation between energy efficiency and IEQ in Green buildings.

Approach:

It is proposed to conduct studies to evaluate the IEQ performance of buildings in the Montana State University campus in Bozeman Montana that are compliant with the LEED Rating System. The study will evaluate building performance using established metrics, measurement protocols and calibrated instruments. Current conditions of IEQ will be assessed by occupant surveys. The results of the evaluations will be then compiled and assessed using standard procedures and protocols. Finally, recommendations will be made to reduce energy performance and improve IEQ of these buildings. Based on the case-study assessments, general guidelines and recommendations will be compiled in a final report for architects and engineers to design and operate Green buildings. In order to perform the evaluation, it is proposed to facilitate conditions for the students of architecture and engineering programs on campus to work together and assess the performance of buildings in terms of energy consumption and IEQ. It is proposed to conduct an interdisciplinary class that facilitates the evaluation and documentation of the physical performance of buildings. In this class the students will gain hands on experience: to use measuring and monitoring devices; to monitor building performance; and to assess data that is being collected from the selected case-studies on the Montana State University campus. It is proposed to utilize the funds obtained from the EPA primarily to purchase relevant pieces of equipment that measure IEQ and energy consumption.

Expected Results:

The proposed final report for the study will include guidelines and recommendations for implementing design strategies and building operations for proposed savings, and will include a comprehensive and transparent explanation of the methodology utilized by the team to reach its conclusions, and the data utilized to conduct this analysis.

Supplemental Keywords:

Energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, post occupancy evaluation