DIAGNOSING ENERGY INEFFICIENCIES IN BUILDINGS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$49,845.00
Award Year:
1983
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
22
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Burke-gilbert Engineers
3642 Fanwood Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90808
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Annie Laurie Burke
(213) 421-9228
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED WORK TO ASSIST IN ENERGY CONVERSATION ON A NATIONAL SCALE, BY PROVIDING A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL FOR DETERMINING ENERGY INEFFICIENCY IN BUILDINGS. DIAGNOSTIC EXPERTISE TO FACILITATE THIS TASK MUSTBE MADE AVAILABLE WIDELY ON A LOW COST PER SITE BASIS. HOWEVER, THIS EXPERTISE MUST BE DEPLOYED IN A TIMELY FASHION, PRECLUDING AN ACADEMIC TRAINING APPROACH. SIGNIFICANT ENERGY SAVINGS CAN BE MADE IN THE NATIONAL AGGREGATED, IF RELATIVELY SIMPLE, LOW COST MEASURES ARE WIDELY APPLIED. WE PROPOSE THAT EMERGING TECHNOLOGY OF ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT EXPERT SYSTEMS IS APPROPRIATE FOR THIS PURPOSE. EXPERTISE, IN THE FORM OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE, CAN BE REPATRIATED AND DISTRIBUTED CHEAPLY AND RAPIDLY. THE APPROACH TO BE TAKEN IN PHASE I HAS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASABILITY AND COST EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROTOTYPE EXPERT SYSTEM AS A POWERFUL AND FLEXIBLE DIAGNOSTIC TOOL, CAPABLE OF SERVING THE NEDDS OF ENERGY MANAGERS PRINCIPAL TASKS IN PHASE I ARE: TECHNICAL TASKS (DEVELOPING OF PARTIAL KNOWLEDGE-BASE AND RULE-SET FOR THIS APPLICATION); AND STUDIES OF THE PRACTICABILITY OF THE APPLICATION (MARGINAL COSTS OF DEPLOYING THE SYSTEM, ANTICIPATED PAYOFFS FROM ITS USE, AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT). IN PHASE II, AN OPERATIONAL PROTOTYPE EXPERT SYSTEM WILL BE TESTED.

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