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1st Edition

Energy-Efficient Electrical Systems for Buildings

ISBN 9781482258332
Published March 7, 2017 by CRC Press
512 Pages 120 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Energy-Efficient Electrical Systems for Buildings offers a systematic and practical analysis and design approaches for electrical distribution and utilization systems in buildings. In addition to meeting the minimal safety requirements set by the National Electrical Code (NEC), the design approach consider the life-cycle cost analysis of designing energy efficient electrical distribution systems as well as integrating renewable energy technologies into both residential and commercial buildings.

The book first provides a general overview of basic power systems commonly available in buildings. Then, detailed discussions of various components of typical building electrical distribution system are outlined through several chapters including transformers, protection devices, conductors and conduits, power and lighting panels, and motor control centers. The book includes several illustrations and numerous examples and analysis exercises are included, along with detailed design examples.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

2. Overview of Electrical Circuits

3. Electrical Transformers

4. Electrical Motors

5. Protection Systems

6. Branch Circuits and Feeders

7. Electrical Systems for Dwellings

8. Electrical Systems for Commercial Buildings

9. Economic Analysis of Energy Projects

10. Energy-Efficient Electrical Systems

11. Power Quality in Buildings

12. Photovoltaic Systems

13. Power Generation and Cogeneration Systems

14. Optimal Integration of Energy Efficiency with Renewable Generation




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Moncef Krarti is the Professor and Coordinator for the Building Systems Program in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado. He has vast experience in designing, testing, and assessing innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies applied to buildings. He has directed several projects in designing energy efficient buildings including innovative mechanical and electrical energy systems. Prof. Krarti has published over 250 technical journals and handbook chapters in various fields related to energy efficiency and energy management of the built environment. Moreover, he has published several books on building energy efficient systems. He taught courses related to building electrical systems for over 20 years in the US and abroad.

He is currently the director of an industrial university collaborative research center on building energy smart technologies. As part of his activities as a professor at the University of Colorado, he has been managing the research activities of an energy management center at the University of Colorado with an emphasis of testing and evaluating the performance of mechanical and electrical systems for residential and commercial buildings. He has also helped the development of similar energy efficiency centers in other countries including Brazil, Mexico, and Tunisia. Dr. Krarti has an extensive experience in promoting building energy efficiency technologies and policies overseas, including the development of building energy codes and energy efficiency training programs in several countries, including Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Egypt and collaborative research with over ten countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.


"This book is unique because it combines the physical and safety basis of electrical system design and auditing with efficiency and cost-effectiveness. This combination can result in different solutions, such as conductors that are one size bigger than ampacity requirements to reduce losses and minimize life cycle cost. This book further anticipates the importance of such economic and sustainability considerations by including renewable energy and co-generation."
Andy Walker, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA

"A beautifully organized and clearly and succinctly written textbook which will be of immense value to both students and professionals interested in energy efficient building electrical systems. It fills a great technical deficiency in the domain area of energy efficient buildings since current textbooks, mostly addressed to mechanical and architectural engineering students, do not treat this topical area adequately. The book covers the whole gamut- from necessary basics of electricity to equipment such as motors and lighting, and then on to more advanced topics such as security systems and power quality issues. Chapters on photovoltaics and cogeneration systems along with case studies are also very pertinent. The clear explanations along with numerous solved examples and end of chapter problems make it a most appropriate textbook for widespread classroom adoption."
T. Agami Reddy, Arizona State University, USA