Labs As-Builts

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Master Plan for Labs As-Builts Organization

  • List activities and approximate start dates for previous Labs that may be of interest. DONE
  • Determine main categories for grouping activities by type of activity. DONE
  • Designate category for each activity in the Summary List. Labs As-Builts by Category DONE
  • Define preferred documentation medium and level for categories. DONE
  • Coordinate with USL about how documentation will be accomplished and organized.
  • Prioritize completion of items selected for final documentation.
  • Prioritize completion of items selected for further activity.
  • Develop target timeline to complete.
  • Pair up 1 documentation item and 1 activity item for each session?

Labs As-Builts Summary

  • Blower Door Test - 9/23/2011 - 10/14/2011
  • Solar Thermal Performance - 9/30/2011, 3/16/2012 (data)
  • Trash Tracking - 10/7/2011
  • Air Balancing Ventilation System - 10/14/2011
  • Building Systems Commissioning the Natural Way - 10/28/2011
  • Wireless Thermostat Study - 11/11/2011 - 11/18/2011
    • Calibration of new sensors - 1/27/2012
  • Util-A-Tour - 11/11/2011
  • Trash Audit - 11/18/2011
  • Refrigerator Energy Study - 12/2/2011, 7/27/12
    • Blog report on tumblr
  • Plug Load Study - 12/9/2011


  • Solar Thermal Panel Freeze Incident - 1/6/2012
  • Altherma Low Flow Troubleshooting - 1/13/2012
  • CO2 Levels During Events - 1/13/2012, 3/9/2012 (GG conf rm window policy developed)
  • Earth Room Fan Optimization - 1/27/2012
  • Worm-A-Palooza - 2/3/2012 - 3/2/2012
  • Flow in the Tank Bypass - 2/3/2012
  • new solutions group temperature gradient study - 2/3/2012
    • Radiant floor temp vs. water temp vs. space air temp
  • Heat exchanger performance with extra flow - 2/17/2012
  • Radiant primary loop 3-way valve limited - 2/17/2012
  • M&V of domestic water heater & Annex heater electrical energy usage - 3/9/2012


  • Cooling Season & Shoulder Season What-Ifs - 4/6/2012, 6/22/2012 (clg controls updates)
  • Short Term Experiments w/Radiant floor gpm, P-3 high speed vs V-6 limited?? - 4/6/2012
  • Natural Ventilation Guidelines - 4/13/2012, 5/11/2012 (documentation), 7/13/12, 9/8/12
  • Rainwater Usage Experiment - 4/20/2012 (unfinished), 5/4/2012 (cleaning & filtration)
  • Cooling & Dehumidification Testing - 4/27/2012, 5/25/2012 (agenda info & link), 6/8/2012
  • Air Filter Gauge - 5/11/2012
  • Solar Panel Night Cooling Observations - 5/18/2012
  • Trickle Loop Non-Experiment - 5/18/2012 (decided not to use; document in as-builts)
  • The Besemer Wall M&V & Earth Room Performance - 5/18/2012, 6/15/2012
  • Building Air Pressurization - 6/15/2012
  • Wood Shop High Humidity - 6/22/2012, 6/29/12 (link to info), 10/12/12 (Annex space conditions)


  • Master List of On-Going Activities started 3rd Quarter 2012
  • Building Comfort Performance for Heat Wave - 7/13/12
  • Annex Duct Revisions & Rebalance - 7/13/12
  • Earth Room Performance - 7/27/12, 9/14/12 data
  • Tax Credit - 8/2/12
  • Heating Season Prep - 9/21/12 - Step by step info on what we intended to check REVISIT
    • Performed radiant floor part
    • Earth room part left to do
    • Annex proposed improvements - 9/21/12, 10/5/12, 11/9/12 (conditions), 12/7/12 (on-going)
  • BioBag Research - 9/28/12, 10/5/12 (on-going)
  • Altherma Direct To Floor - 9/28/12, 1/25/13


  • Rooftop Farm Prep - 10/5/12, 12/7/12
  • Solar Thermal Panel Performance - 10/19/12 (info), 10/26/12, 12/21/12, 1/4/13 (radiation map)
  • Calibration of Sensors - 11/9/12
  • Heating/Cooling Costs for First Year - 11/9/12
  • Water Bill Spike - 12/21/12 (happened in October, reviewed in December)


  • Solar Panel Freeze 2.0 - 1/4/13
  • Energy Reporting for Commercial Bldgs - 1/18/13
  • Trend Logging - 2/1/13, 2/8/13 (results link)
  • Reading Meters - 2/15/13
  • Measurement Pages - 2/22/13
  • Compost Measurements - 3/1/13, (do again in summer)
  • Solar Btu Meter - 3/22/13

Categories of Activities - Brainstorming (4/12/13)

  • Experiments - detailed
  • Research / Study
  • Questions / Requests / Challenges
  • Troubleshooting
  • Measurement & Verification (M&V)
  • Tracking / Information
  • Optimization / Continuous Improvement
  • Learning & Development
  • Material Usage

Selected Categories to Use (4/12/13)(Category definitions added 4/19/13)

  • Experiments - Wiki/Workbook/Blog
    • Activities used to prove hypotheses, find the truth using scientific test and analysis methodology.
    • Usually a finite study, numerically based with significant observations and data recorded, analysis, and conclusions.
    • AKA tests, challenges, requests, troubleshooting.
  • Measurement & Verification (M&V) - Wiki/Workbook/Action Plan
    • Tracking of data and observations used to verify that anticipated results are achieved.
    • Usually an on-going study, used to prove the truth numerically or by significant observation.
    • Forms the basis of system optimization and on-going commissioning for persistence of sustainability.
    • AKA tracking, information monitoring,
  • Research - Wiki Report
    • Studies conducted to increase learning and understanding of specific topics of interest.
    • Usually finite study with non-numerical written findings and resources documented.
    • AKA study, question, request, learning and development
  • Continuous Improvement - Wiki
    • Efforts used to optimize systems or improve processes.
    • Usually on-going, may be based in achieving numerical improvements or process improvements with anecdotal results used for measurement of success. Closely tied to M&V often.
    • AKA optimization, learning and development, material usage.



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