Design Flexibility

Energy Efficiency and Design Flexibility

In the design process, the energy engineer is most likely to encounter a desire for adjustability and expandability of the laboratory's energy-using systems, notably its environmental conditioning (HVAC) system. Planning for facility flexibility, in the form of future expansion by the design group, will push the sizing of these systems to larger capacities. To accommodate these capacities it is important to apply a "right-sizing" systems approach. This will ensure that the near-term system usage will be efficient. [Friedan, 2001]


Design flexibility impacts

Flexibility types

Operational classifications

Conflicts among flexibility types

Flexibility and planning

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