Adaptive Energy Optimization Toward Net-Zero Energy Building Clusters

Philip Odonkor, Kemper Lewis, Jin Wen, Teresa Wu

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Traditionally viewed as mere energy consumers, buildings have adapted, capitalizing on smart grid technologies and distributed energy resources to efficiently use and trade energy, as evident in net-zero energy buildings (NZEBs). In this paper, we examine the opportunities presented by applying net-zero to building communities (clusters). This paper makes two main contributions: one, it presents a framework for generating Pareto optimal operational strategies for building clusters; two, it examines the energy tradeoffs resulting from adaptive decisions in response to dynamic operation conditions. Using a building cluster simulator, the proposed approach is shown to adaptively and significantly reduce total energy cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number061405
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design - Transactions of the ASME
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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