Well-trained energy auditors are essential to the success of building energy efficiency programs—and Energy Audit of Building Systems: An Engineering Approach, Second Edition updates a bestselling guide to helping them improve their craft. This book outlines a systematic, proven strategy to employ analysis methods to assess the effectiveness of a wide range of technologies and techniques that can save energy and reduce operating costs in residential and commercial buildings.
Useful to auditors, managers, and students of energy systems, material is organized into 17 self-contained chapters, each detailing a specific building subsystem or energy efficiency technology. Rooted in established engineering principles, this volume:
To help readers execute and optimize real building energy audits, the author presents several case studies of existing detailed energy audit reports. These include results from field testing, building energy simulation, and retrofit analysis of existing buildings, with recommendations based on sound economic analysis. Examining various subsystems, such as lighting, heating, and cooling systems, it provides an overview of basic engineering methods used to verify and measure actual energy savings attributed to energy efficiency projects. The author presents simplified calculation methods to evaluate their effectiveness and ultimately improve on them. Ideal either as a professional reference or a text for continuing education courses, this book fortifies readers’ understanding of building energy systems, paving the way for future breakthroughs.
Dr. Moncef Krarti, Ph.D, PE, LEED®AP, is professor, associate chair, and director of the Building Systems Program—Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado. He is a renowned innovator in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. He is an experienced energy auditor, instructor, and project director, having conducted more than 1,000 energy audits of various residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. A valued international consultant in energy efficiency, Dr. Krarti has extensive experience in promoting building energy efficiency technologies and policies. He has also been instrumental in creating energy efficiency centers and developing building energy codes and energy efficiency training programs around the globe.
The book first provides a general overview of basic power systems commonly available in buildings. Then, detailed discussions of various components of typical building electrical distribution system are outlined through several chapters including transformers, protection devices, conductors and conduits, power and lighting panels, and motor control centers. The book includes several illustrations and numerous examples and analysis exercises are included, along with detailed design examples.