Urban Microclimate and Energy

This course examines the influence of urban microclimate on energy consumption for building neighborhoods. The course uses Virtual PULSE software developed with the funding by the National Science Foundation awards numbers EFRI-1038264 & EFRI-1452045 at the University of Maryland. During the Spring 2014 and 2015 semesters, the course included a project using Virtual PULSE software for modeling of campus buildings. The videos and associated notes provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the software and give additional relevant background. These materials are intended for a class period of 90 minutes, so that the potential users should be able to produce their first models in a matter of couple of hours.



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Virtual PULSE

Virtual PULSE is the first fully-integrated web application that allows users to simulate building energy consumption while accounting for local airflow and radiative effects in actual neighborhoods. This application encapsulates an online web interface with building specification fields, geometry importing routine, 3D visualization, OpenStudio middleware, and simulation engines of EnergyPlus, Radiance and OpenFOAM. This comprehensive software integration allows simulations of building energy consumption for urban neighborhoods under a set of assumptions to capture only the main physical transport processes that take place in an urban neighborhood.

Urban Microclimate and Energy Course

This course examines the influence of urban microclimate on energy consumption for building neighborhoods. The course uses Virtual PULSE software developed with the funding by the National Science Foundation awards numbers EFRI-1038264 & EFRI-1452045 at the University of Maryland. During the Spring 2014 and 2015 semesters, the course included a project using Virtual PULSE software for modeling of campus buildings. The videos and associated notes provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the software and give additional relevant background. These materials are intended for a class period of 90 minutes, so that the potential users should be able to produce their first models in a matter of couple of hours.



Importing VirtualPULSE models into OpenStudio

Using OpenStudio Measures


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Terp Footprints

As part of ongoing integrations of sustainability principles and academic experiences, UMD Facilities Management (FM) is collaborating with CITY@UMD, a UMD research group, on a dashboard for energy commodities and water use. The dashboard, which utilizes existing meter databases at UMD maintained by FM, is able to collect, clean and aggregate meters of varying energy types and intervals. The online dashboard is available to facility managers, faculty, and students with the aim to transform the campus into a living laboratory where each group participates to create a more sustainable UMD. Centered around a map view of campus, the dashboard quickly provides a visual overview of individual building’s energy use intensities (EUIs) along with monthly charts of utility usages for the whole campus. At the building level, the dashboard provides weekly, monthly and yearly views of each meter belonging to the building; additionally there are options for Excel Sheet exports of meter data and printable building utility reports. As a whole, the dashboard designs to aid users in monitoring utility usage at every level from whole campus to building sub-meter. The dashboard can be found at http://terpfootprints.umd.edu/campus.

Real Time U

Real Time U is a demonstration site for what is possiable with "real time" access to the utility data for the hundreds of buildings on a major university campus. The purpose of sites such as this is to illustrate to consumers the effects that their energy habits have upon the building's and university's consumption of electricity and creation of green house gases. Altering the behavior of building occupants is a challenging but rewarding way to lower the energy use and environmental impact of our built infrastructure.

Disclaimer: The demo below shows buildings and data from the University of Maryland in June of 2013. None of the data has been altered, but the data displayed might not represent the actual consumption for the building selected.

Retrofit Simulation Platform

A building energy simulation platform, developed at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, that allows for four stages of energy modeling; from benchmark EUI to full retrofit staging.

Retrofit Game

Evaluate long-term building retrofit projects by using rapid energy simulation tools. Play to achieve different goals and learn to balance design and best pay-back measures.

Research Toolbox

A set of tools built by the researchers and graduate students of the Building Science Group. Currently includes: E+ SQL to CSV/JSON and NIST Rate Statistical Code.