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author = {Truong X. Nghiem and Madhur Behl and Rahul Mangharam and George J. Pappas},

title = {Green Scheduling for Radiant Systems in Buildings},

booktitle = {IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)},

year = {2012},

address = {Hawaii, USA},

month = {December},



In this report we look at the problem of peak power reduction for buildings with electric radiant floor heating systems. Uncoordinated operation of a multi-zone radiant floor heating system can result in temporally correlated electricity demand surges or peaks in the building’s electricity consumption. As peak power prices are 200-400 times that of the nominal rate, this uncoordinated activity can result in high electricity costs and expensive system operation. We have previously presented green scheduling as an approach for reducing the aggregate peak power consumption in buildings while ensuring that indoor thermal comfort is always maintained. This report extends the theoretical results for general affine dynamical systems and applies them to electric radiant floor heating systems. The potential of the proposed method in reducing the peak power demand is demonstrated for a small-scale system through simulation in EnergyPlus and for a large-scale system through simulation in Matlab.


scheduling, building, radiant heating, floor heating, peak demand, demand management



Date Posted: 21 March 2012

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