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Thesis Proposal

Thesis Proposal 1.0

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Breadth Proposal 1.0

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Thesis Proposal 2.0

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Breadth Proposal 2.0

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The Proposal contains a discussion of the systems of Westinghouse Nuclear Engineering Headquarters Building 1 and some possible alternate systems to investigate. The proposed alternates for further analysis focus upon Load Reduction in the Office Space, implementation of a Dedicate Outdoor Air System (DOAS), the application of a Ground Source Heat Pump System (GSHP), and the application of a Hydronic Boiler and Chiller System.

The Load Reduction in the Office Space alternate will focus on the Dedicated OA System to decouple the ventilation and conditioning requirements of the spaces. Other thermal load reduction methods are part of the Architectural and Lighting Breadths.

For the Ground Source Heat Pump System option, two different configurations will be considered to render the most efficient overall system, using the loads from the Load Reduction analysis.

Finally, the Hydronic Boiler and Chiller System option will be analyzed to determine its effectiveness in comparison to the existing system and the GSHP option. This system will represent a comparison to conventional alternative.

For all of the options an analysis will be conducted to determine the effects of the systems in terms of First Cost, Lifecycle Cost, Emissions, Payback Period and Maintainability.











Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐in‐progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Daniel Aughenbaugh. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.