RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Taylor Engineering staff members routinely assist in building science research.  We have participated in numerous ASHRAE research projects, several PIER projects, and emerging technology/market transformation projects funded by the California Utility companies and are proud to be a member of U.C. Berkeley's Center for the Built Environment.  Significant contributions include:

  • Principal Investigators for the Large Building Systems element of the PIER funded Integrated Energy Systems - Productivity and Building Science project.  This project resulted in new simulation models, energy code requirements and the Advanced VAV System Design Guide.
  • Principal Investigators for research on VAV box damper controls funded by PIER and PG&E.  This on-going research is targeted to change both VAV box rating procedures and energy codes.
  • Principal Investigators for the PG&E funded CoolTooltm Chilled Water Plant optimization project.  This project developed improved equipment software models that are now in the EnergyPlus and eQuest, a popular Chilled Water Plant Design Guide, energy code requirements and a chilled water plant design seminar that has been presented across the country by ASHRAE and utility companies.
  • Conceived and developed of the Universal Translator software for alignment and analysis of data from data loggers and EMCS.
  • Participation in PIER funded research that is developing new underfloor air distribution system models for EnergyPlus.
  • Participation in several PIER funded research project on automated fault detection and diagnostic systems.  One of these systems is currently available from three EMCS vendors.  A case study on its implementation was written by Taylor Engineering.
  • Principal Investigators in ASHRAE RP 1455, a project to develop state of the art sequences for air-handling units and zone controls including compliance with Standards 90.1, 62.1 and 55 and AFDD.
  • Participated in the team that developed DOE's DC Pro suite of tools for the evaluationof data centers.
  • Authors of the Work Statement for ASHRAE RP-1499, "The Effect of Humidity on Static Electricity Induced Reliability Issues of ICT Equipment in Data Centers."