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Sensors Save $6,000 Yearly

One of the first evaluations of the performance of
wireless sensors involved a 40-year-old, three-story building5 and resulted in energy cost savings estimated to be
$6,000 annually, with an associated payback period of
seven months.5
The HVAC system for the 70,000 ft2 (6500 m2) of open
office space included a central chiller and 100 variable air
volume (VAV) boxes. Zone temperature control was provided
by stand-alone thermostats, but the central energy management and control system neither received zone temperature
information nor controlled the VAV boxes.
sensors detected signs of failure in 14 of 56 traps, and this early
detection saved an estimated $53,000 in annual steam loss.
Payback for the steam trap project was 10 months.
Wired, rather than wireless monitoring, was chosen after considering the relative effects on plant operations, engineering, and
information technology (IT) functions. Specific factors favoring
wireless monitoring included no interruptions to the manufacturing operations, the portability of the battery-powered monitoring
devices, and pre-programmable rates of data collection from the
wireless monitors. Wireless can also be significantly less expen-

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A WSN with 30 temperature sensors was installed, which
provided zone air temperature information to the central
energy management and control system. This information was
used as input to improve the efficiency of the chiller and to
reduce peak building energy demand.
VAV boxes that were causing uneven supply air were identified via input from the closely spaced zone air temperature
sensors. Correcting these VAV boxes allowed an increase of
2°F (1.1°C) to the supply air temperature and an increase of
up to 10°F (5.5°C) in the chilled water setpoint temperature.
Overcooling was minimized, the use of space heaters by some
occupants was reduced, and occupant comfort was improved.
sive. Using hard-wired sensors for the overall project would have
cost $3,000 to $5,000 per monitoring point, compared to $750 to
$1,500 per monitoring point for the wireless sensors.

Energy Savings
A study funded by the U.S. General Services Administration
(GSA) and the Federal Energy Management Program of the U.S.
Department of Energy demonstrated that WSNs can enable data
center operators to improve overall building energy efficiency
by 10% or more.8,9 Real-time measured performance data was

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ASHRAE Journal - May 2013
Contents
Commentary
Industry News
Letters
Meetings and Shows
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VAV Reheat Versus Active Chilled Beams & DOAS
A Stable Whole Building Performance Method for Standard 90.1
Technology Award Case Studies:
PSU Design Build Project
Passive Cooling for School
Standing Columns
Building Sciences
InfoCenter
Refrigeration Applications
IAQ Applications
Engineer's Notebook
Products
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