[Equest-users] mystery heating load

Chris Hadlock cjhadlock at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 11:05:19 PST 2018

I've had a few responses requesting the modeling files so I've attached the
INP and PD2 file (weather file is CWEC\Toronto.bin). The zone in question
is "L0 Elev Lobby S" and I've already removed all exterior surfaces from
this space (i.e. there are no Child Components). I've assigned this zone to
it's own system (it's the last system on the air-side tab) called "Test
System". I've already created the hourly reports where you'll see all of
the underheated hours (which only occur in the winter). The LS-B report
shows no (zero) htg load. I realize the system is not really providing any
heating to this zone the way it's setup.


On Thu, Dec 20, 2018 at 1:26 PM Chris Hadlock <cjhadlock at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I've created a model using eQuest 3.65 (DOE 2.2) build 7173 that is of a
> 20 storey multi-residential building located in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
> There is a basement with a elevator lobby that is an interior space (no
> exterior walls).
> My model keeps telling me I have underheated hours for this lobby. I'm
> trying to figure out why there is a heating load and I'm stumped. I have
> removed what I believe to be all potential sources of heat loss. I've
> deleted the underground floor (which was R-100 anyway), I've deleted the
> interior walls (just to be thorough), there is no infiltration, and I've
> set the ventilation to zero. In my mind, there is no source of heat loss.
> I've even added a significant (10 W/ft2) equipment load and yet there are
> still underheated hours (I've even reduced my Tstat setpoint to 60F).
> I've run an hourly report to help figure out the loads for both the space
> ("Sum of all weighted loads except infil and latent") and zone ("Load
> Calc'd SPACE Sensible load at const temp (Btu/hr)"). These reports all
> indicate a positive load (i.e. net heat gain) from my lights, plug loads
> and occupants. However through this process I'm also questioning these
> reports as the lighting, people and equipment load being reported don't
> exactly align with my modeled schedules for these loads....but I've put a
> pin in that.
> Regardless, I have no idea how to figure out what may be resulting in net
> heat loss for this zone. To be thorough, I checked the elevator lobby on
> the ground level and the same thing is happening. Has anybody seen this
> before...any ideas what might be causing heat loss for a zone with no
> ventilation and no walls and no infiltration? It does seem to be seasonal
> (i.e no underheated hours in the summer) so it has some connection to
> weather file but does not correlate exactly.
> If you do take the time to read this, a big thank you. If you provide the
> answer, you'll for sure be on Santa's "nice" list.
> Chris
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