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How to simulate a power outage by overriding Equipment and lighting schedules using actuators.

asked 2018-11-27 21:19:12 -0500

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updated 2018-11-28 08:45:16 -0500


I am trying to simulate a power outage for a single day for my building, to check how much the temperatures rise in the space after the outage. I have turned off the HVAC by modifying the schedule which was previously "On 24/7". I was wondering how I could implement EMS actuators for the lighting and appliances and override the existing schedule for a single day. Has anyone done something similar previously or are there any example files for the schedule actuators that I could refer to?

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answered 2018-11-28 07:00:43 -0500

Why don't you just use the schedules for lighting and equipment to be zero for the "power outage" days?

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The lighting and equipment schedules that I have entered in DesignBuilder are in the 24/7 format and not in the compact schedule format. So they have a common format for all weekdays and weekends of the year, and can not be modified for a single day. Using the schedule actuator would probably be my best bet to override the schedule for a single day.

tanushree's avatar tanushree  ( 2018-11-28 12:08:42 -0500 )edit

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