Thesis Proposal

Devon Lam

Mechanical option

New san Bernardino Courthouse | san Bernardino | CALIFORNIA

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Depth Topic

* A study of installing ice storage system in the New San Bernardino Courthouse will be analyzed. The result of this analysis will be compared to the existing mechanical design by their different energy consumption , annual energy cost, and simple payback period.

Thesis Proposal

* The proposal contains a discussion of the existing systems of the New San Bernardino Courthouse and a few possible alternate systems to investigate. The proposed alternate for further analysis focus on Ice Storage System.

Thesis Proposal Report

Executive Summary   


Thesis Proposal Revised Report

Executive Summary Revised

Architectural Breadth

* The New San Bernardino Courthouse has a high percentage of glass façade throughout the building, which causes the building to gain more solar heat and increases the annual energy consumption and cost. This breadth analysis will determine whether or not the aid of solar shades or roller blinds films would provide a substantial energy savings to the system and reduce the overall energy cost.

Electrical Breadth

* When analyzing the energy consumption for the New San Bernardino Courthouse, the lighting system has the highest percentage building energy as shown in Technical Assignment II - System Energy Consumption Breakdown. A detail of Photovoltaic panels study will be analyzed. Photovoltaic technology can be used integrated along the south façade and the roof of the building to reduce the building electrical usage and cost and as well as making this building becomes a more sustainable and energy efficient building.