Challenges in interpreting the design intent from HVAC sequence of operations to assess the system behavior: A case study

Raghuram Sunnam, Semiha Ergan, Burcu Akinci

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Abstract

Design, construction and operation of building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are complicated processes that generally involve several stakeholders, such as mechanical designers, control system integrators, commissioning agents and facilities managers. It is important for all these stakeholders, at various phases of the project, to have a thorough understanding of the system components as well as the control strategy according to the design intent of the mechanical designers. For example, when assessing the behavior of an HVAC system during operation phase, it is important for facilities managers to check for the correctness of every component's behavior and its control logic against the design specifications. The control sequences and logic of HVAC systems are primarily conveyed through schematic diagrams and textual descriptions called "sequence of operations" (SOOs) in construction documents (ASHRAE, 2004). Several challenges are associated with extracting and interpreting the information contained in these SOOs. Through a detailed analysis of a case-study conducted in relation to the information provided in the SOOs for the air handling unit (AHU) in a building, the research described in this paper highlights these challenges. Challenges such as missing information for controlled parameters, as well as textual descriptions that are open to interpretations, are common and result in inaccurate interpretation of the system behavior. This may adversely affect the overall performance of systems and lead to energy inefficiencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
EditorsR. Raymond Issa, Ian Flood
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1465-1472
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784413616
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 25 2014

Publication series

NameComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering

Other

Other2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period6/23/146/25/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Sunnam, R., Ergan, S., & Akinci, B. (2014). Challenges in interpreting the design intent from HVAC sequence of operations to assess the system behavior: A case study. In R. R. Issa, & I. Flood (Eds.), Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (pp. 1465-1472). (Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784413616.182