1 EnergyPro Building Energy Analysis Assisted Living Building
2 EnergyPro Building Energy Analysis for an assisted living building Project Scope The purpose of the EnergyPro energy model was to evaluate the energy usage of a building installed with a CITY MULT VRFZ solution compared to that of a packaged terminal heat pump (PTHP) system, a water-source heat pump (WSHP) system, and a hot-water/chilled-water four-pipe fan coil system. The selected systems were then compared with the system across the country: Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL, Boston, MA, New York City, NY, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Los Angeles, CA, and Seattle, WA. The goal of the energy model was to understand how compared in terms of energy usage with standard HVAC systems in various climate zones. Building Description The simulated building chosen was a 25,000 square foot, single-story, assisted living facility containing private living areas, a dining hall, medical facilities, and lounges. The building was modeled in each of the different cities listed in the previous paragraph. Building specifications such as floor plans, R-Values, U-Values, etc., followed what was typical for construction values in each of the areas specified. The building was modeled in EnergyPro, and four simulations were created: a heat-recovery system, a packaged terminal heat pump system, a boiler and chiller serving four-pipe fan coil units, and a water-source heat pump system. The non- HVAC energy usage such as lighting, plug loads, etc., were the same in all models (see the Engineering Assumptions Table for specifics). All utility rates used in the savings analysis were obtained from The rates are provided in the Utility Rate Summary Table. Mitsubishi Electric Design Description For the simulated assisted living facility, low-profile ducted indoor units were used in each of the private living areas. All the common areas were also served by ducted indoor units. Each room was considered one zone so that each occupant had control over their living space. A total of five R-2 heat recovery outdoor units were installed. The outside air load was applied directly to each of the indoor units at the zone level. PTHP Design Description The simulated assisted living building was modeled with a packaged terminal heat pump with an efficiency of 10.7 EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) and a HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) of 7.5 serving each zone. The PTHP system handled both space conditioning and the outside air load. Each PTHP was equipped with electric strip heat for cold climate operation. Water-source Heat Pump (WSHP) Design Description To provide conditioning to the simulated assisted living facility, water-source heat pumps with a 15.4 EER and a 4.7 COP (Coefficient of Performance) were modeled. The water-source heat pumps were served by a two-speed cooling tower and a pump to circulate the water. A supplemental condensing boiler was attached to the condenser water loop to provide heat when the cooling tower could not maintain the water-loop temperature. The outside air was conditioned by the water-source heat pumps. Four-pipe Design Description To provide conditioning to the simulated assisted living facility, a chiller and boiler serving four-pipe fan coil units were modeled. A water cooled chiller with an efficiency of 1.1kw/ton was used. The chiller was served by a two-speed cooling tower, each and was served by a set of pumps to circulate condenser water and chilled water. A condensing boiler with an efficiency of 91.5% provided hot water to the fan coil units. The outside air was conditioned by the fan coil units.
3 Total Energy Cost Savings Seattle LA Dallas vs. PTHP vs. WSHP vs. Four-pipe Location Chicago NYC Boston Miami Atlanta 0% 7% 14% 21% 28% 35% 42% Energy Total Cost Savings (%) (Reference Table 3 for more details) LEED NC 2.2 and VRFZ Systems are helpful in obtaining points for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Energy and Atmosphere credit 1. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the LEED Green Building Rating System as a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Building energy savings can be demonstrated by performing a building energy model using the EnergyPro software available from EnergySoft, LLC. and comparing the building design with a baseline building as defined by ASHRAE std EnergyPro is approved by the USGBC for EAc1 calculations. As shown below, the percentage of total energy savings relates directly to LEED credits. LEED Points based on Total Energy Savings (EA Credit 1) New Buildings Existing Building Renovations Points 10.5% 3.5% 1 14% 7% % 10.5% 3 21% 14% % 17.5% 5 28% 21% % 24.5% 7 35% 28% % 31.5% 9 42% 35% 10 The graphs on the following page show the percentage savings of VRFZ over the ASHRAE std baseline which is the PTHP system as well as other system types. The reality in the assisted living community is that aging facilities and declining budget and resources makes it difficult to maintain and operate facilities - according to a recent study conducted by Clear Seas Research.
4 Assisted living facilities appear to fall within two extremes: smaller facilities less than 20,000 square feet with an average of 2 floors and 31 rooms; or very large facilities that are more than 50,000 square feet with an average of 5 floors and 164 rooms. - according to a recent study conducted by Clear Seas Research. $120,000 Total Energy Cost Comparison for and Packaged Terminal Heat Pump $105,000 $90,000 PTHP Total Energy Cost ($) $75,000 $60,000 $45,000 $30,000 $15,000 $0 Location Atlanta Miami Boston NYC Chicago Dallas LA Seattle 32% 13% 42% 38% 40% 28% 26% 42% as compared to PTHP A PTHP system is baseline defined by ASHRAE for this building size and type. Energy usage was calculated for the buildings using both systems. On average, the CITY MULTI system saw an energy cost savings of 33% when compared with the VAV systems, and a 43% average savings when comparing HVAC energy cost. The savings varied greatly based upon the modeled location and the applied local utility rates. Based on the average energy cost savings from the models, future projects would meet the LEED EA credit 1 prerequisite and qualify for seven LEED points. Specific results for each area have been detailed in the Energy Usage Summaries (Tables 3, 4).
5 $100,000 $90,000 Total Cost Comparison for and Water-source Heat Pump WSHP $80,000 $70,000 Total Energy Cost ($) $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 Location Atlanta Miami Boston as compared to WSHP WSHP systems have recently become a popular choice to replace outdated HVAC systems. Energy usage was calculated for the buildings using both systems. The total energy cost savings realized with the system was dramatic: 16% on average compared to a WSHP system. When comparing the NYC Chicago Seattle 21% 12% 12% 14% 8% 16% 29% 19% Dallas energy cost used by the HVAC systems alone, was 24% less on average. The savings are detailed in the Energy Usage Summaries (Tables 3, 4). LA $100,000 $90,000 Total Energy Cost Comparison for and Four-pipe Four-pipe $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 Total Energy Cost ($) $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 Location Atlanta Miami Boston as compared to Four-pipe A four-pipe fan coil unit system is a standard HVAC package used in many building types. Energy usage was calculated for the buildings using both systems. On average, the total energy cost savings realized with the system was 20% when compared to a four-pipe fan coil unit system and a 28% NYC Chicago Seattle 24% 13% 18% 13% 19% 16% 19% 34% Dallas average savings when comparing HVAC energy cost. Savings were fairly constant across all locations. Savings for each location are detailed in the Four-Pipe Fan Coil Unit Energy Cost Savings graph, and are further detailed in the Energy Usage Summaries (Table 3, 4). LA
6 Engineering Assumptions Weather Profile based on locations shown in the ASHRAE Design Temperature table. Item Building Area Glass selection Walls Roof Design Assumption As defined by the provided plans Double Thermal Break Clear U-Value: 0.58 SHGC: 0.53 Construction: Wood frame Insulation: R-13 Total Assembly U-Value: Construction: R-19 Roof over Metal Deck Insulation: R-15 Total Assembly U-Value: Reflectivity: 0.7 Temperature control continues to be the biggest challenge in providing a comfortable environment for assisted living facility residents and patients. The most common complaint from residents is the temperature is too hot or too cold. - according to a recent study by Clear Seas Research. VRFZ system Packaged PTHP HVAC system Water-source Heat Pump HVAC system Four-pipe Fan Coil Unit HVAC system A R2-Series heat recovery system with ducted units. Packaged Terminal Heat Pump, 10.7 EER, 7.5 HSPF and backup electric strip heat. Water-source heat pumps served by a two-speed cooling tower and a 91.5% efficient supplemental boiler. The heat pumps have an efficiency of 15.4 EER and a COP of 4.7. All pumps were sized per ASHRAE std recommendations. Fan Coil Units served by a 91.5% efficient boiler, an air cooled chiller with an efficiency of 1.1kw/ton. All pumps were sized per ASHRAE std recommendations. Miscellaneous Loads Lighting: 1.0 Watts/ft 2 Plug load: 0.5 Watts/ft 2 Schedules Utility Rates Standard ASHRAE 90.1 Profile and Operation Schedules See Utility Rate Summary Table Table 1. Utility Rate Summary Atlanta Miami Boston NYC Chicago Dallas LA Seattle Electric ($/KWH) Gas ($/Therm) Table 2. ASHRAE Design Temperature Atlanta Miami Boston NYC Chicago Dallas LA Seattle Summer DB 0.40% Summer MWB 0.40% Winter DB 99.6%
7 Table 3. Total Energy Usage Summary Atlanta Miami Boston NYC Chicago Dallas LA Seattle Total KWH 327, , , , , , , ,174 Total Therm Total MMBTU 1,119 1,346 1,182 1,164 1,291 1, ,005 Total Cost $36,586 $46,284 $61,238 $67,312 $41,351 $48,781 $42,815 $22,798 Total KWH 484, , , , , , , ,714 PTHP Total Therm Total MMBTU 1,654 1,555 2,030 1,891 2,149 1,667 1,325 1,720 Total Cost $54,099 $53,443 $105,202 $109,344 $68,850 $68,056 $58,108 $39,037 Total KWH 410, , , , , , , ,123 WSHP Total Therm ,461 1,125 1, Total MMBTU 1,452 1,535 1,449 1,436 1,511 1,445 1,373 1,283 Total Cost $46,564 $52,754 $69,717 $78,008 $44,717 $57,844 $59,994 $28,302 Total KWH 344, , , , , , , ,339 Four-pipe MMBTU Savings Cost Savings Total Therm 6, ,150 11,744 14,576 5,531 1,230 11,583 Total MMBTU 1,871 1,572 2,445 2,248 2,539 1,839 1,297 2,116 Total Cost $47,927 $53,248 $74,724 $77,293 $50,839 $58,349 $52,898 $34,571 CM vs. PTHP 32% 13% 42% 38% 40% 28% 26% 42% CM vs. WSHP 23% 12% 18% 19% 15% 17% 29% 22% CM vs. Four-pipe 40% 14% 52% 48% 49% 35% 25% 53% CM vs. PTHP 32% 13% 42% 38% 40% 28% 26% 42% CM vs. WSHP 21% 12% 12% 14% 8% 16% 29% 19% CM vs. Four-pipe 24% 13% 18% 13% 19% 16% 19% 34% Table 4. HVAC Only Energy Usage Summary Atlanta Miami Boston NYC Chicago Dallas LA Seattle Total KWH 203, , , , , , , ,209 Total Therm Total MMBTU Total Cost $22,740 $31,731 $39,297 $42,829 $27,790 $31,501 $24,246 $13,191 Total KWH 360, , , , , , , ,749 PTHP Total Therm Total MMBTU 1,231 1,131 1,606 1,467 1,726 1, ,297 Total Cost $40,253 $38,890 $83,160 $84,862 $55,289 $50,776 $39,539 $29,431 Total KWH 286, , , , , , , ,158 WSHP Total Therm ,461 1,125 1, Total MMBTU 1,029 1,111 1,026 1,013 1,087 1, Total Cost $32,717 $38,201 $47,775 $53,526 $31,155 $40,564 $41,425 $18,695 Total KWH 221, , , , , , , ,374 Four-pipe MMBTU Savings Cost Savings Total Therm 6, ,150 11,744 14,576 5,531 1,230 11,583 Total MMBTU 1,448 1,149 2,022 1,824 2,116 1, ,693 Total Cost $34,081 $38,695 $52,783 $52,811 $37,278 $41,068 $34,324 $24,965 CM vs. PTHP 43% 18% 53% 49% 50% 38% 39% 55% CM vs. WSHP 32% 17% 26% 27% 20% 24% 42% 32% CM vs. Four-pipe 52% 20% 63% 59% 59% 45% 37% 66% CM vs. PTHP 44% 18% 53% 50% 50% 38% 39% 55% CM vs. WSHP 30% 17% 18% 20% 11% 22% 41% 29% CM vs. Four-pipe 33% 18% 26% 19% 25% 33% 24% 47% * is abbreviated as CM in the above tables.
8 Advantages of over Comparable Systems The EnergyPro model demonstrated that systems offer reduced energy costs because of part-load efficiency and the ability to simultaneously cool and heat. R2-Series heat recovery systems can simultaneously cool and heat different zones, which allows energy to be recovered from one zone and used in another, resulting in a huge increase in efficiency and energy savings over all of the compared systems. There are some major areas in which the system offers an advantage over other systems: 1. Initial Cost: systems consist of an outdoor unit, an indoor unit in each zone, a BC controller (R2-Series only), refrigerant piping, and a very simple controls system. A four-pipe fan coil unit system includes a boiler, chiller, fan coil units, pumps, hot water piping, chilled water piping, a controls system, etc. A water-source heat pump system includes a cooling tower, supplemental boiler, condenser water piping, condenser water pumps, heat pumps, a controls system, etc. The reduced equipment required and ease of installation makes the a superior first cost solution. 2. Comfort: One of the biggest advantages that CITY MULTI VRFZ solutions have over other systems is the increased comfort level for the occupants. VRFZ technology allows indoor units to operate at the precise level necessary to maintain room temperature which, when combined with the powerful controls system, allows the occupants to experience consistent comfort throughout the day. 3. Quiet Operation: indoor and outdoor units operate at low sound levels; for example, a 20-ton outdoor unit operating at high speed has a sound level of 63 db(a). Some indoor models have an operating sound level in the low 20 db(a)s range, depending on fan speed and duct design. For contrast, the sound level for normal conversation is approximately 60 db(a). 4. Installation Space: systems do not require a mechanical room. Outdoor units can be installed outside either on grade or the roof and piped directly to indoor units, eliminating the need for pumps. Depending on the type of indoor unit, they can be installed in plenum spaces, on walls, or in the ceiling. Refrigerant piping is routed to the BC controller, also located in the plenum space, and then to the outdoor unit. 5. Installation Time: Because there are fewer components in a system, the time it takes for installation is much shorter than for other systems. An indoor unit can be mounted and piped from the BC controller in hours. 6. Flexibility: The zoning capabilities of systems allow for one indoor unit to be taken offline without affecting other indoor units. An outdoor unit can also be shut down and affect only a few zones. However with other systems if an air-handling unit should fail, or a component of the central mechanical system should fail (chiller, cooling tower or pumps) a large portion, if not all, building conditioning would be lost. 7. Versatility: systems offer a choice of inside air handlers: ducted, wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, and floor-mounted. Many other systems only offer limited indoor unit selections. 8. Efficiency: R2-Series systems have the ability to recover energy when simultaneously cooling and heating, thereby reducing energy and increasing operating efficiency. Variable refrigerant flow zoning technology also allows to automatically adjust to changing loads in each zone, maintaining the required temperature levels and operating at a lower cost. 9. Maintenance: systems require significantly less maintenance; typically only requiring filter changes. systems have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. Water-source heat pump systems require regular maintenance to maintain the compressor and keep the system functioning properly. Form No. EPBROSALB-7-09 V2 For more information visit Please recycle. Mitsubishi Electric Advanced Products Division 3400 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road Suwanee, GA Phone: Fax: Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi Electric. The three-diamond logo is a registered logo of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
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