MLE+: A tool for integrated design and deployment of energy efficient building controls

Willy Bernal, Madhur Behl, Truong X. Nghiem, Rahul Mangharam

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Abstract

We present MLE+, a tool for energy-efficient building automation design, co-simulation and analysis. The tool leverages the high-fidelity building simulation capabilities of EnergyPlus and the scientific computation and design capabilities of Matlab for controller design. MLE+ facilitates integrated building simulation and controller formulation with integrated support for system identification, control design, optimization, simulation analysis and communication between software applications and building equipment. It provides streamlined workflows, a graphical front-end, and debugging support to help control engineers eliminate design and programming errors and take informed decisions early in the design stage, leading to fewer iterations in the building automation development cycle. We show through an example and two case studies how MLE+ can be used for designing energy-efficient control algorithms for both simulated buildings in EnergyPlus and real building equipment via BACnet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBuildSys 2012 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM Workshop on Embedded Systems for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Pages123-130
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event4th ACM Workshop on Embedded Systems for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, BuildSys 2012 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Nov 6 2012Nov 6 2012

Publication series

NameBuildSys 2012 - Proceedings of the 4th ACM Workshop on Embedded Systems for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Conference

Conference4th ACM Workshop on Embedded Systems for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, BuildSys 2012
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period11/6/1211/6/12

Keywords

  • building control
  • building simulation
  • control design
  • energy-efficient building
  • energyplus
  • integrated design
  • matlab

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Building and Construction

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