Saving Energy in Retail Buildings with Adaptive Envelope Systems

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Adaptive envelope systems, such as smart window and skylight systems, can potentially deliver significant energy savings and reduce peak demand when used in California’s retail and agricultural buildings. These systems automatically adapt to environmental conditions such as occupancy, daylight levels and HVAC status. This project focused on four primary areas of research: exploring the energy-savings potential of adaptive envelope systems through simulations, laboratory characterization of adaptive envelope systems, developing new strategies and laboratory prototypes, and field installations of commercial technologies.

Authors: Konstantinos Papamichael, Sonny Britwhistle, Keith Graeber

​Prepared for: California Energy Commission