Labs Sessions - Q1 2014

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Geeks Rule

   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!


Labs Sessions - 1st and 2nd Quarter 2014


MASTER LIST OF ON-GOING ACTIVITIES

  • Commissioning Items
    • BCS - Annex revised ductwork and airflow readings
    • BCS - Building pressurization by balance - summer/winter modes
    • BCS - Training on trend logging using DDC
    • ENERGY - Tracking energy produced vs. used; on-going Cx using DDC monitoring
  • 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
    • ENERGY - Phase 2 - Finish documentation on refrigerator electrical usage and performance
    • Solar Oven - example
    • IEQ Sessions
      • IEQ through good design, construction, and operating and maintenance practices
      • Views and the integration of natural and man-made elements
      • Provide thermal comfort with a maximum degree of personal control over temperature and airflow
      • Supply adequate levels of ventilation and outside air for acceptable indoor air quality
      • Prevent airborne bacteria, mold, and other fungi, as well as radon, through building envelope design that properly manages moisture sources from outside and inside the building, and with heating, ventilating, air-conditioning (HVAC) system designs that are effective at controlling indoor humidity
      • Use materials that do not emit pollutants or are low-emitting
      • Assure acoustic privacy and comfort through the use of sound absorbing material and equipment isolation
      • Control disturbing odors through contaminant isolation and removal, and by careful selection of cleaning products
      • Create a high-performance luminous environment through the careful integration of natural and artificial light sources
      • Provide quality water

END OF LIST


Labs Session - Jan 3, 2014

  • Still on vacation!! Happy New Year!!



Labs Session - Jan 10, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Flex Friday (observed)
    • El Moore reviews - status? confirm complete
    • Kirsten email - Measuring Waste Generation & Diversion - March/April 2014
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Annex Supplemental Heating 2.0
      • Initial operation/adjustment update
      • Cold Snap 2014 performance - 1/6/14-1/8/14
      • Export numbers for the week - LLC
  • Next Steps
    • Energy Monitoring
    • Radon Action Month - public service address
    • Util-A-Tour - March 11, 2014 for WSU
    • Efficiency of Altherma with Earth Tube bypass
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Jan 17, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Helen gone 1/17 & 1/24
    • Kirsten back 2/14
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency
      • Numerical study using mfg data
      • Measurement & Verification of actual results - heating season
        • Current sensors/data loggers on outdoor unit only
        • Thermal image Altherma operating to find temperature gradient in immediate area (determine placement of data loggers)
        • Temperature data loggers at Earth Tube exit, Altherma area
        • Get "snapshots" of data while Altherma running at full load at various Earth Room temperatures to compare to mfg. efficiency data
  • Next Steps
    • Energy Monitoring
    • Radon Action Month - public service address
    • Util-A-Tour - March 11, 2014 for WSU
    • Efficiency of Altherma with Earth Tube bypass
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Jan 24, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Helen gone 1/24
    • Kirsten back 2/14
    • Whirlpool Net Zero Energy Conversation 1/31/14
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency
      • Measurement & Verification of actual results - place DL per last week's discussion
      • Numerical study using mfg data - start analysis
  • Next Steps
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass
    • Radon Action Month - public service address
    • Energy Monitoring Work
    • Util-A-Tour - March 11, 2014 for WSU
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Jan 31, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Kirsten back 2/14
    • The Garbage Warrior - making buildings out of waste
    • GreenCurrents Program - pilot program at GG
      • SolarElec.com check out for possible panels
      • Review previous work at end of March; PV System Design
      • Install around April 2014
      • Study and document for use in El Moore
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure
      • How is metering being handled? (HVAC meter?)
      • What is available from the energy model? (room-by-room?)
      • Analyze base load for design temps already in model, then do sensitivity analysis for rate variance vs. indoor temp selection
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency
      • Numerical study using mfg data - start analysis
      • Measurement & Verification of actual results - place DL per last week's discussion
  • Next Steps
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • Radon Action Month - public service address
    • Energy Monitoring Work
    • Util-A-Tour - March 11, 2014 for WSU
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Feb 7, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Kirsten back 2/14
    • Current Work
      • Altherma Performance in Earth Room
      • GreenCurrents Solar PV Pilot Project
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency
      • Numerical study using mfg data - start analysis
      • Measurement & Verification of actual results - data loggers to verify snapshot in time at full load
  • Session Work
    • Cold Snap 2014 performance
    • GreenCurrents Program
      • Pilot program at GG prior to implementation at El Moore
      • SolarElec.com check out for possible panels
      • Review previous work during GG design; PV System Design
      • Install around April 2014
  • Next Steps
    • Util-A-Tour - March 11, 2014 for WSU
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure - Spring/Summer w/Kirsten

Labs Session - Feb 14, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming not here dates schedule
      • LLC gone 2/28, 3/14; Helen gone 3/14
      • Kirsten next time back 3/14
    • GreenCurrents Program - Pilot PV at GG
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency
      • Numerical study using mfg data - LLC start analysis after some readings taken
      • Measurement & Verification of actual - using tripods
  • Session Work
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure brainstorm
      • How is metering being handled? (HVAC meter?) Will there be panel level metering capability?
      • What is available from the energy model? (room-by-room?) Model needs to be updated for equipment and expanded to cover various scenarios.
      • How are common spaces being zoned? What is the intention for payment of the common space utilities?
      • Analyze base load for design temps already in model, then do sensitivity analysis for rate variance vs. indoor temp selection
  • Next Steps
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • Prep for GreenCurrent PV Pilot program
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Util-A-Tour - March 11, 2014 for WSU
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Feb 21, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming people schedule:
      • LLC gone 2/28, 3/14; Helen gone 3/14
      • Kirsten next time back 3/14
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure update:
      • Questions sent to Tom - answers will guide direction
      • Model updates once have direction
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency
      • First Measured Point last week
      • Numerical study using mfg data - LLC start analysis after some readings taken
  • Session Work
    • Relative Humidity Low Limit Control
    • DTE SolarCurrents Program - GG PV Lab Pilot Project
      • Prep for use at El Moore
      • DTE program requirements
      • Tax Credit requirements
  • Next Steps
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • Prep for SolarCurrent PV Pilot program
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Util-A-Tour - March 11, 2014 for WSU
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Feb 28, 2014

  • No Meeting

Labs Session - Mar 7, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Schedule:
      • LLC and Helen gone 3/14
      • Kirsten next time back 3/14
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure update:
      • Questions sent to Tom - will schedule sit down with us to go through
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency - numerical model in progress
    • DTE SolarCurrents Program - GG PV Lab Pilot Project
      • Critical project time frame - ask Tom if programs (DTE & Tax Credits) should even be pursued?
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • TBD
  • Session Work
    • Util-A-Tour brush up
    • Relative Humidity Low Limit Control
    • Biosphere 2
  • Next Steps
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • Prep for SolarCurrent PV Pilot program
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Util-A-Tour - March 11, 2014 for WSU
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Mar 21, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming Schedule
    • Util-A-Tour with MIAPPA
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure - Tom kick us off when Kirsten back
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency - numerical model in progress
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • PV Panel Size - dwg to record measurements on roof
  • Session Work
    • GG PV Lab Planning
      • Panel specs
      • Material order list
    • Relative Humidity Low Limit Control
  • Next Steps
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • Continue Prep for PV Pilot Project
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Mar 28, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming Schedule
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency - numerical model in a couple of weeks
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • PV Panel Size - dwg to record measurements on roof
  • Session Work
    • GG PV Lab Planning
      • Panel specs
      • Material order list
  • Next Steps
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • Continue Prep for PV Pilot Project
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Apr 4, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming Schedule
    • Altherma Study: Impact of Earth Room on Efficiency - numerical model in a couple of weeks
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • PV Panel Size - measurements on roof
  • Session Work
    • GG PV Lab Planning
      • Layout drawing
      • Mounting
      • Date of install
    • Amount of solar heat collected this heating season
  • Next Steps
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - Apr 11, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming Schedule
      • Kirsten gone - April 18, April 26, May 2
      • Tom off April 18 maybe
    • Rooftop Farms - any needs?
      • Correlate cost per sq ft on Roof Top Farm for 2013
    • Waste measurement compatibility
      • Weigh all the recycling bins before transport to alley? Create chart to track.
      • Track number of compost containers emptied per day.
  • Food for Thought
  • Next Steps
    • Get ready for PVs!!

Labs Session - Apr 18, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming Schedule
      • Kirsten gone - April 26, May 2
    • Rooftop Farms
      • Correlate cost per sq ft on Roof Top Farm for 2013
    • Waste measurement compatibility
      • Weigh recyclables - coordinate with Matt; track on whiteboard in Annex.
      • Track number of compost containers emptied per day; mark on gardeners' whiteboard by back door.
      • Check calibration of pail since more coffee these days.
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • PV Panel Size - measurements on roof
  • Session Work
    • GG PV Lab Planning
      • Layout drawing
      • Mounting
      • Date of install
    • Amount of solar heat collected this heating season
  • Next Steps
    • Finalize PV Panel Pilot

Labs Session - Apr 25, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming Schedule
      • Kirsten gone - May 2
    • Rooftop Farms
      • Correlate cost per sq ft on Roof Top Farm for 2013
    • Waste measurement compatibility
      • Weigh recyclables - coordinate with Matt; track on whiteboard in Annex.
      • Track number of compost containers emptied per day; mark on gardeners' whiteboard by back door.
      • Check calibration of pail since more coffee these days.
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • PV Panel Size measurement - postponed due to rain
  • Session Work
    • Solar Oven Instructions
    • 250-350 degrees for heavy duty model
    • double the cooking time to start
    • add window to top to keep heat in (double glaze, if possible)
    • use better insulation around the inside box and fill rest of gap with loose fill
    • wear sunglasses when adjusting reflectors
    • use hot pads when doing anything with window or objects inside oven
  • Next Steps
    • Finalize PV Panel Pilot
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - May 30, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming Schedule - Summer Plans
      • Tom week-to-week; LLC to KC (Skype?)
    • Rooftop Farms - Virtual Lab candidate
      • Correlate cost per sq ft on Roof Top Farm for 2013
    • Waste measurement compatibility update
      • Weigh recyclables - Matt will implement when timing is right; track on whiteboard in Annex.
      • Track number of compost containers emptied per day - tracking has been implmented
      • Check calibration of pail since more coffee these days - still to be done
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • Skype experiment
    • Shared screen format?
  • Next Steps
    • Finalize PV Panel Pilot
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - June 6, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Upcoming Schedule - Summer Plans
      • Tom week-to-week; LLC to Skype from KC
    • Rooftop Farms
      • Next Week's Topic: Correlate cost per sq ft on Roof Top Farm for 2013
    • Dewpoint Experiment 2014
      • September 8, 2014 at 4:08 p.m. - Tigers vs. Royals
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • TBD
  • Session Work
    • Labs of the Future
      • Meeting frequency
      • Evolution
  • Next Steps
    • Finalize PV Panel Pilot
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure - on hold
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

Labs Session - June 13, 2014

  • Labs Updates
    • Schedule - Tom week-to-week; LLC out 6/13 & 6/20; Skype 6/27?
    • Dewpoint Experiment 2014
      • September 8, 2014 at 4:08 p.m. - Tigers vs. Royals
  • Food for Thought
  • Hands-On Activity
    • TBD
  • Session Work
    • Rooftop Farms
      • Correlate cost per sq ft on Roof Top Farm for 2013
  • Next Steps
    • Finalize PV Panel Pilot
    • Earth Room Impact on Altherma Efficiency/Potential Earth Tube Bypass; Geothermal Heating and Cooling
    • El Moore Utility Rate Structure - on hold
    • Energy Monitoring Work continuing
    • Industrial Lighting Lab, Belleville field trip (Fantasy Lighting) - April 2014 (Let Alex know 30 days in advance)

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