Economic Optimization of Solar Energy and Energy Conservation in Commercial Buildings

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an analytical framework for evaluating economic and technical performance trade-offs between solar energy and energy conservation options in buildings. The extended abstract outlines a methodology for determining the economically optimal combinations of solar energy system size and energy conservation investments to undertake in building design. The analysis is developed for combined space heating and hot water applications of solar energy in commercial buildings. A sample design problem is provided in the paper.


Extended abstract presented at the Conference on Systems Simulation and Economic Analysis for Solar Heating and Cooling, San Diego, CA, June 27-29, 1978.

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