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Systematic simplified simulation methodology for deep energy retrofitting towards Nze targets using life cycle energy assessment

By José Sánchez-Ramos, M. Carmen Guerrero Delgado, Servando Álvarez, José Luis Molina Félix, Francisco José Sánchez de la Flor and José Antonio Tenorio Ríos


This article belongs to the Special Issue Life Cycle Energy Assessment on Buildings.The reduction of energy consumption in the residential sector presents substantial potential through the implementation of energy efficiency improvement measures. Current trends involve the use of simulation tools which obtain the buildings’ energy performance to support the development of possible solutions to help reduce energy consumption. However, simulation tools demand considerable amounts of data regarding the buildings’ geometry, construction, and frequency of use. Additionally, the measured values tend to be different from the estimated values obtained with the use of energy simulation programs, an issue known as the ‘performance gap’. The proposed methodology provides a solution for both of the aforementioned problems, since the amount of data needed is considerably reduced and the results are calibrated using measured values. This new approach allows to find an optimal retrofitting project by life cycle energy assessment, in terms of cost and energy savings, for individual buildings as well as several blocks of buildings. Furthermore, the potential for implementation of the methodology is proven by obtaining a comprehensive energy rehabilitation plan for a residential building. The developed methodology provides highly accurate estimates of energy savings, directly linked to the buildings’ real energy needs, reducing the difference between the consumption measured and the predictions.The authors would like to take this opportunity to thank the DACAR project “Zero-Energy Balance Districts Through Algorithms of Adaptive Comfort and Optimal Management of Energy Networks” (BIA2016-77431-C2-2-R) funded by Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Government of Spain) and European Regional Development’s funds (ERDF) for its partial support.Peer reviewe

Topics: Life cycle analysis, Feasibility analysis, Near zero energy buildings, Simplified building thermal modelling
Publisher: 'MDPI AG'
Year: 2019
DOI identifier: 10.3390/en12163038
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Provided by: Digital.CSIC
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