Labs Sessions - Q1 2013

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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 Lunch, 
   starting at 2:00 p.m. and ending around 3:30 p.m.
   All are welcome to join in!
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Labs Sessions - 1st Quarter 2013


MASTER LIST OF ON-GOING ACTIVITIES

  • Commissioning Items
    • BCS - Air Filter Gauges with OCD
    • BCS - Annex revised ductwork and airflow readings
    • BCS - Building pressurization by balance - summer/winter modes
    • BCS - Dickinson by Design Humidity Adventure - revise ventilation; monitor next summer
    • BCS - Training on trend logging using DDC
  • Labs Experiments
    • WATER - Rainwater Usage analysis at end of summer
    • WATER - Finalize plan for Measurement of in-ground tank volume/dipstick calibration
    • WASTE - Kirsten's Waste Watch
      • Trends & Goals / Policy communicated and easy to reference
    • BCS - The Earth Room Performance; optimize Earth Room exhaust fan
    • BCS - Cooling & Dehumidification M&V on coil
    • BCS - Trickle loop experiment on hold during extreme heat
    • ENERGY - Phase 2 - Summer measurements on refrigerator electrical usage and performance

END OF LIST


Labs Session - Jan 4, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Read meters and record (Water, Electric)
    • Trend Logging (no change)
    • Weather outlook for Altherma direct to floor experiment (Need a day with a forecasted high of 30F or lower)
    • Solar Panel Freeze 2.0
    • Solar Radiation Maps
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Session Planning for 1Q 2013
    • Cool annex acting as heat sink?
    • Continue Labs As-Builts summarizing of topics
      • Start with JULY 13, 2012
  • Hands-On Activity
    • TBD
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 1/11/2013 at 2:00 p.m.
    • January 2013 - Building Operations Dashboard - what we are tracking and how we are doing
    • January 2013 (portion of each session) - Labs "as-built" Wiki pages for 2011-2012
    • Heat exchanger performance trending plan (deferred from Winter 2011-2012)
    • 3-way valve limit trending plan (deferred from Winter 2011-2012)

Labs Session - Jan 11, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Read meters and record (Water, Electric)
    • Brief brief on energy/waste reporting
    • Trend Logging (no change)
    • Weather outlook for Altherma direct to floor experiment (Need a day with a forecasted high of 30F or lower)
    • Solar Panel Freeze 2.0 update
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Continue Labs As-Builts summarizing of topics
      • Start with what we didn't do last week
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Measure solar water flow, weather permitting
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 1/18/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Labs Session - Jan 18, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Read meters and record (Water, Electric)
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • TBD
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 1/25/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Labs Session - Jan 25, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Read meters and record (Water, Electric)
      • Suggested small viewing window for reading water meter - Kirsten email to Joe
      • Photos of electric meters once we see from bill what we are actually trying to read
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Altherma Direct to Radiant Floor Heating Experiment; thermal image floors
      • HVAC electrical rate does not have time of day component during winter; no need to run Altherma at night
      • Zones run at 4 to 5 deg F delta T typically
      • Recorded water temperatures at mixing intersections and through heat exchanger for Altherma direct to floor
    • Measure solar water flow (defer - unable to run pump due to no sun)
  • Food for Thought
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 2/1/2013 at 2:00 p.m.
    • Schedule the following:
      • January 2013 - Building Operations Dashboard - what we are tracking and how we are doing
      • January 2013 (portion of each session) - Labs "as-built" Wiki pages for 2011-2012
      • Heat exchanger performance trending plan (deferred from Winter 2011-2012)
      • 3-way valve limit trending plan (deferred from Winter 2011-2012)

Labs Session - Feb 1, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Read meters and record (Water, Electric), if time permits
    • Trend Logging capability
      • Config/Drivers/NiagaraNetwork/GreenGarage1/Histories
      • Expand list; select point; view Property Sheet
      • Change interval; save
      • Changed T2 to 1 min. interval; review
      • Copy point; make different interval for temporary testing; delete after test
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Verify ability to command points using navigation list
  • Food for Thought
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 2/8/2013 at 2:00 p.m.
    • Start meeting with Peggy on Labs Documentation

Labs Session - Feb 8, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Read meters and record (Water - on hold pending way to read w/o panel removal, Electric)
      • Compare electric readings to bill to see what numbers are pertinent
    • Controls programming update - Joe
    • Schedule for rest of 1st Quarter 2013 - utility reporting, as-builts
  • Hands-On Activity
    • If above freezing, read solar flow
  • Food for Thought
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 2/15/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Labs Session - Feb 15, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Tom Besemer on loan to Boston
    • Read meters and record (Water - on hold, Electric)
      • Cannot get visual access through panel to read water meter; will just use usage reported on monthly bills for monitoring and reporting water usage.
      • HVAC Meter - Rate 4 appears to be Off Peak KWH and Rate 5 On Peak KWH.
      • Plug/Lighting Meter - Rate 4 is KWH usage and Rate 6 appears to track monthly demand. We do not appear to have a demand charge associated with our non-HVAC rate.
  • Hands-On Activity
    • If above freezing, read solar flow
  • Food for Thought
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 2/22/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Labs Session - Feb 22, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Kirsten and Helen at Dirt Camp
    • Read meters and record (Water bill, Electric) - decided to use utility bills instead of reading meters
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Retrieve data loggers from shop
  • Food for Thought
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/1/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Labs Session - Mar 1, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Per discussion with Peggy last week, we will no longer read meters and record; they will use utility bills for tracking usage
      • Is this because that is the level that Peggy wants for the wiki pages? Would the weekly data aid the labs analysis process?
  • Hands-On Activity
    • TBD
  • Food for Thought
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/8/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Labs Session - Mar 8, 2013

  • Hands-On Activity
    • Data from Roof Garden loggers - frozen in place; need thaw
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Data analysis from Roof Garden loggers
    • Data analysis from printing space loggers
    • Labs As-Builts
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/15/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Labs Session - Mar 15, 2013

  • Hands-On Activity
    • Data from Roof Garden loggers
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
    • Data analysis from Roof Garden loggers
    • Data analysis from printing space loggers
    • Labs As-Builts
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/22/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Labs Session - Mar 22, 2013

  • Labs Updates
    • Micro-organism poster admiration session
    • Data from Roof Garden loggers
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Solar Btu meter - quick readings from west window by Tom's desk
      • Cloudy day with sun poking through at times
      • Inside pointing meter towards sun approx. 30-50 Btu/h/sf
      • Outside pointing in relatively same orientation approx. 300-500 Btu/h/sf
      • Windows are reducing heat of the sun by about 90% today.
  • Food for Thought
  • Session Work
  • Next Steps
    • Labs Session 3/29/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Labs Session - Mar 29, 2013

  • Hands-On Activity
    • TBD
  • Food for Thought
  • Next Steps
    • Update NV guidelines for spring 2013 (see Sep. 14, 2012 agenda)
      • Natural Ventilation Guidelines - NV Season - criteria for when to even check to open windows?
        • If the forecast high for the day is 70 deg F or greater and the current outside air temperature is 60 deg F or greater, then the NV Daily Worksheet should be used to determine if it is a NV day or not.
        • This is intended to prevent simultaneous heating and cooling (using the natural ventilation to cool the building down to or below our heating indoor set point).
    • Energy Reporting Standard (index to use for comparison; possibly improve waste/water) - Reporting for Continuous Cx
    • Labs Session 4/5/2013 at 2:00 p.m.

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