Labs Sessions - Q1 2012

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Performing scientific study to support sustainable stewardship of our Community and Earth. Seeking the truth of our actions and having fun doing it.

   GG Labs Sessions are held each Friday after the Community Commissioning Lunch, 
   starting at 1:30 p.m. and ending around 3:30 p.m., depending on the day's agenda.
   All are welcome to join in!
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Labs Sessions - 1st Quarter 2012


Labs Session - Jan 6, 2012

  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Solar Thermal Panels
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Solar Thermal Panels
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 1/13/2012 at 1:30 p.m.
    • Continue solar thermal panels & refrigerator experiment documentation

Labs Session - Jan 13, 2012

  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Catch up day
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Retrieve data loggers and save DDC trends
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 1/20/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Jan 20, 2012

  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • TBD
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 1/27/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Jan 27, 2012

  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Refrigerator Controller
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Calibration of new Space Sensors
    • Earth Room Fan Optimization
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 2/3/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Feb 3, 2012

  • Labs Updates
    • Commissioning Progress
      • Space sensor locations
      • Earth Room Fan
    • Labs
      • Water - Kirsten
      • Worms - 3/2/2012
        • Identify species - how to demobilize to inspect
        • Learn about characteristics
        • Food-Off
    • Experiments
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Earth Room Fan - preliminary observations; on hold for now
    • Flow in Bypass Trending Plan
    • Radiant floor temperature vs water temp vs space air temp Trending Plan
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Joe's Laptop Measurements
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 2/10/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Feb 10, 2012

  • Labs Updates
    • Commissioning Progress
    • Labs
      • Water - Plan in place by May
      • WorMania - Plan for 3/2/2012
        • Identify species - how to demobilize to inspect
        • Learn about characteristics
        • Food-Off
    • Experiments
      • In Residence Business Plug Load Study On-Going
        • Is it more efficient to use your battery and charge it back up or run on power when you can?
        • "Earth cost" of the battery
        • Generalizations on what was measured
        • Does operating system impact energy used along with screen size
      • Refrigerator Energy Usage & Control Optimization Report in blog
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Lighting level for the woodshop
    • Deploy Data Loggers Round #2
    • Radiant floor temperature vs water temp vs space air temp DLs
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 2/17/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Feb 17, 2012

  • Labs Updates
    • Commissioning Progress
    • Labs
      • WorMania - Plan for 3/2/2012
        • Name of event - Worm-A-Palooza
        • Identify species - how to demobilize to inspect
        • Learn about characteristics
        • Food-Off??? Too many variations? For what purpose?
    • Experiments
      • In Residence Business Plug Load Study On-Going - no update
        • Is it more efficient to use your battery and charge it back up or run on power when you can? **** "Earth cost" of the battery
        • Generalizations on what was measured and observed
        • Does operating system impact energy used along with screen size
      • Refrigerator Energy Usage & Control Optimization Report in blog - no update
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Retrieve DLs for Radiant floor temperature vs water temp vs space air temp
    • Deploy Data Loggers Round #3
    • Solar Panel Capacity & Flow in the Bypass DLs
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 2/24/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Feb 24, 2012

  • Labs Updates
    • Commissioning Progress
    • Labs
      • Worm-A-Palooza - final plans for 3/2/2012
        • Identify species
          • Clear straws to demobilize worms - Thistle
          • Microscope - Kirsten
          • Banana - Helen
        • Learn about characteristics
        • How to apply
    • Experiments
      • In Residence Business Plug Load Study On-Going
        • Is it more efficient to use your battery and charge it back up or run on power when you can?
        • "Earth cost" of the battery
        • Generalizations on what was measured and observed
        • Does operating system impact energy used along with screen size
      • Refrigerator Energy Usage & Control Optimization Report in blog
      • Request to measure energy used by domestic water heater
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Analysis of Radiant Floor Temp vs Water Temp vs Air Temp data
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/2/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Mar 2, 2012

  • Labs Updates
    • Commissioning Progress
    • Labs
    • Experiments
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • WORM-A-PALOOZA - ID our worms
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/9/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Mar 9, 2012

  • Labs Updates
    • Commissioning Progress
      • Ventilation Issue - CO2 sensor location, impact of conference room
    • Labs Experiments
      • In Residence Business Plug Load Study - Back Burner
      • Refrigerator Energy Usage & Control Optimization
        • Temperature check on setpoint - Today
        • Blog report - Back Burner
      • Measurement & Verification (M&V)
        • Electrical energy used by Domestic Water Heater
        • Electrical energy used by Annex Unit Heater
      • Solar Thermal System Study - Today
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Analyze week #1 data for Solar Thermal Study
  • Hands-On Activity
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/16/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Mar 16, 2012

  • Labs Updates
    • Commissioning Progress
      • Ventilation CO2 Trending - future
    • Labs Experiments
      • Change Main Page info
      • Refrigerator Energy Usage & Control Optimization
        • Temperature check on setpoint - Today
        • Blog report - Back Burner until final results
      • Measurement & Verification (M&V)
        • Electrical energy used by Domestic Water Heater
        • Electrical energy used by Annex Unit Heater
      • Solar Thermal System Study
        • Thermal Storage Tank Stratification
        • Tank bypass flow impact on heating
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Continue to analyze week #1 data for Solar Thermal Study
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Collect fridge week #3 data.
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/23/2012 at 1:30 p.m.
    • Analyze weeks #2-3 data for Measurement & Verification of systems.

Labs Session - Mar 23, 2012

  • Labs Updates
    • Commissioning Progress
    • Labs Experiments
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Heat exchanger performance Trending Plan - defer to Winter 2012-13
    • 3-way valve limit Trending Plan - defer to Winter 2012-13
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Collect data & data loggers from current deployment solar thermal study, water heater, Annex heater, refrigerator (if no changes to fridge controls to test)
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/30/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Labs Session - Mar 30, 2012

  • Labs Updates
    • Commissioning Progress - 2011_11_11_CFR004
    • Labs
      • Water - Plan in place by May
    • Experiments
      • Bypass
      • Tank stratification
      • Solar Panel heating optimization
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Cooling Season Strategies
  • Hands-On Activity
    • TBD
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 4/6/2012 at 1:30 p.m.

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