Subtask E: Develop Conceptual Framework for Net Zero Energy Resilient Master Planning Process

This subtask will collect information on existing modeling tools appropriate for community-wide energy planning and will identify how each tool fits into the overall process. For each tool, the following information will be described: the inputs, analysis steps, outputs, and level of detail required for each step execution. The subtask will result in a standard input, output, and functionality description suitable to enable identified modeling tools to provide analysis as a service (e.g., web service) for the Net Zero Energy/Water Master Planning process. Also, the subtask will identify gaps and needed steps to enhance existing master planning tools and will develop one or more prototypes to demonstrate feasibility of modeling tool(s) to provide analysis for the net zero energy and water master planning. For this project, the focus will be on integration of a district thermal distribution module, LCC cost calculation module, and project planning module with the NZP Tool.



The objectives of this subtask are to collect the questions arising in the EMP process and to find and analyze existing tools that addresses these questions. Moreover, concepts to answer open questions shall be provided. A focus will be on resilience, the aim being to show how resilience can be addressed in an EMP. The result of this subtask is a conceptual framework for the EMP, which proposes a process chain and gives information on which questions should be addressed at each stage, and proposes tools for doing so.

Figure 4.  Process to Identify Energy Efficient Solutions for Building Clusters and Neighborhoods (based on Zhivov et al. 2015).


Questions to be answered

  • Which questions are to be answered in the EMP, and at which stage? (Input from Subtask D.)
  • What tools are available for answering the questions? Which ones are to be developed/Extended?
  • How can resilience be addressed? (input: What is resilience [Subtask A] and at which stage does it come into the EMP [Subtask D]?)
  • Which framework was used in the EMP processes from the case studies? (Analyze results of Subtask B.)
  • What are the experiences made in the implementation of pilot studies regarding the framework? (Analyze/supervision of Subtask B.)
  • How can the existing NZE planning be extended to support the EMP?
  • How can financial details and regulations be included in the Framework?


Breaking the work into Actions

  • Subtask E1: The results of Subtask D will define the tools required and those missing in existing EMP modeling capabilities. These missing tools will be identified and developed. This subtask will define methods, needed input, and provided output for existing and missing tools.
  • Subtask E2: Will address the concept of Resilience in the EMP conceptual framework.
  • Subtask E3: Will develop a standalone modeling tool that integrates goals, boundary conditions, available technologies and infrastructure, and that uses existing tools to assist the EMP process.
  • Subtask E4: Will provide support to implementation of pilot studies.
  • Subtask E will result in a standalone modeling tool suite that will integrate the targets, constraints, and monetized values from Subtask A, and modeling inputs from the Subtask C to be used along with existing building level EMP tools (e.g., NZP Tool or of CityGML). This tool suite will effectively model and identify optimum energy-support infrastructures that ensure sustainment of mission-critical functions for communities. This will be an integration subtask, intended to increase interoperability between existing energy tools while enhancing their functionality. It will be implemented as distributed computational modules that can be executed on a desktop or as a cloud-based capability. The tool suite will consist of a set of self-documenting XML input data files, an optimization engine with an optional simple user interface, and an output processor that assembles data for presentation or consumption by other software. Figure 5 shows a logical architecture, which is further described below.


Figure 5.  Logical Architecture for Resilience & Sustainability Module.


Subtask E deliverables. Subtask E will result in a standardized input/output module that can be used in combination with (and that will enhance and adapt) existing community planning tools to meet the specific needs of participating nations. Subtasks A, C, and F will provide inputs to Subtask E.

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