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University Students Researching Multifamily Energy Efficiency

University Students Researching Multifamily Energy Efficiency
Thanks in part to Nationwide Energy Partners, who service several mid-western and eastern US markets, college students from the University of Dayton have begun to study energy usage as it relates to multifamily buildings. Dr. Kevin Hallinan’s “Building Energy Informatics” study is rooted in the professor’s knowledge of mechanical and aeronautical engineering and the initial class of 35 students partaking in the summer program comprises mainly mathematics, engineering, computer science and economics majors looking to analyze the current data being produced from real world partner, Nationwide Energy. The hope is that through these studies, the students may discover untapped opportunities that can be leveraged to reduce both energy and water costs associated with multifamily dwelling. According to Dr. Hallinan, his program is on the ground floor of collecting and trending the current energy data being harvested. From the analysis of this data, there are a lot of hopes of discovering new and innovative ideas that can help to lower the costs for both multifamily building owners and their tenants. In addition to the cost factors, the study looks to provide some insights into supplies with the final goal of making green transitions easier to adopt. With five years’ worth of anonymous data to study, covering the electrical and water usage of 220 apartment units in Ohio, the Dayton students are now looking to identify patterns in the individual units with hopes that they can identify differences among diverse unit types. The program is currently studying whether shifting usage and other similar strategies can help to minimize ......
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