It is crucial for buildings to be resilient to unforeseen challenges, such as providing safe indoor environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, while ensuring sustainability for long-term operation. This paper investigates the effectiveness of various strategies to improve indoor air quality during the COVID-19 pandemic for a prototype office building located in Denver, CO. The detailed system model and newly developed component models allow for analysis of building resiliency and sustainability under a wide range of possible scenarios.
This work has been published under the title " Investigation of HVAC Operation Strategies for Office Buildings During COVID-19 Pandemic " in the journal Building and Environment. The full paper is available at this link.
The first author of this paper, Cary Faulkner, is a Ph.D. student in the SBS lab and his research interests include building system modeling, computational fluid dynamics, indoor environment modeling, and machine learning.
Congratulations to Cary on publishing this paper!