The effect of demand response on perceived thermal comfort in a district heated office building

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Studies reveal that increasing flexibility in district heating systems can optimize combined heat and power production and decrease the need for peak power production. Flexibility can be enhanced through heat load control in buildings. Utilization of building thermal mass offers significant potential for short-term modulation of their aggregate power consumption. This paper presents a case study in an office building in which each room has been individually controlled by digital thermostatic radiator valves. Based on district heating price forecasts, a temperature set-point for the next hour is calculated and thereby the thermal load flexibility of the building is increased. The study gives insights on how load management on room-level accuracy affects the thermal conditions and the perceived thermal comfort of the occupants.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2018
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on the European Energy Market - Lodz, Poland
Duration: 27 Jun 201829 Jun 2018
Conference number: 15


ConferenceInternational Conference on the European Energy Market
Abbreviated titleEEM

    Research areas

  • Demand response, District heating systems, Indoor temperature, Thermal comfort

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