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Proceedings 2018, 2(15), 1138;

A Sub-Zonal PMV-Based HVAC and Façade Control System for Curtain Wall Buildings

Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, via Brecce Bianche 12, 60131 Ancona, Italy
Focchi Spa, via Cornacchiara, 47824 Poggio Torriana (RN), Italy
Presented at the Sustainable Places (SP 2018), Aix-les Bains, France, 27–29 June 2018.
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Published: 27 August 2018
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This paper presents an experimental test room in a curtain wall building where an innovative monitoring and control system was implemented and tested. The proposed solution is composed by an IR-based comfort sensor that measures the PMV (Predicted Mean Vote) index for 2 room’s sub-zones and provides the optimal air temperature set-points. The overall control system includes a distributed sensors and actuators network, also embedded into the façade modules, to measure indoor and outdoor parameters and to regulate fan-coils, windows opening and shadings with a sub-zonal approach. Initial results turn out to provide an energy saving of about 20% with an improvement of thermal/visual comfort and IAQ conditions.
Keywords: monitoring; façade; HVAC; comfort; energy; optimization monitoring; façade; HVAC; comfort; energy; optimization
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Arnesano, M.; Calvaresi, A.; Pietroni, F.; Zampetti, L.; Magnani, S.; Casadei, O.; Revel, G.M. A Sub-Zonal PMV-Based HVAC and Façade Control System for Curtain Wall Buildings. Proceedings 2018, 2, 1138.

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