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 EPIC-funded project titled Best in Class which aims to enhance and accelerate market adoption of ASHRAE Guideline 36 High Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems using demonstration projects, design guides, and other related research activities.
  • Principal Investigators for ASHRAE RP-1711, a project to develop best-in-class sequences of controls for central chilled water and hot water plants.
  • Co-Principal Investigators for ASHRAE RP-1747, a project to automate and field test demand control ventilation control sequences that dynamically meet Standard 62.1 ventilation rates with minimal energy use.
  • Collaborators on an EPIC-funded Radiant Systems Research project which aims to improve understanding of design and application of high thermal mass radiant systems.
  • Collaborators on the Changing the Rules project funded by PIER which studies innovative low-energy, occupant-responsive HVAC controls. Developments from Taylor Engineering’s efforts include advanced control sequences for time-averaged ventilation and cost-responsive supply air temperature reset.
  • Co-Principal Investigators for a project funded by ARPA-E through its SENSOR (Saving Energy Nationwide in Structure with Occupancy Recognition) program to develop protocols for evaluating the accuracy and energy saving potential of advanced human presence technologies in commercial and residential applications.
  • 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.
  • 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 developed 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 evaluation of data centers.