Use of adaptable solutions to achieve near-zero energy buildings through a combined thermal and comfort performance approach

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dc.contributor.author Ochoa, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Massey, Beth
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-14T09:52:09Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-14T09:52:09Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-07
dc.identifier.citation Ochoa, C. and Massey, B. (2019) 'Use of adaptable solutions to achieve near-zero energy buildings through a combined thermal and comfort performance approach', Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, doi: 10.1177/0143624419887020 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 13 en
dc.identifier.issn 0143-6244
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9497
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0143624419887020 en
dc.description.abstract The existing residential building stock in many industrialized countries is large but extremely energy inefficient, despite the existence of energy directives that apply mostly to new construction. Prefabricated building refurbishment for energy upgrading is a viable option for the existing building stock, but solutions need to adapt to each case and usage in order to respond to specific requirements. The “RECO2ST” project (Horizon 2020) is used as example of a forecast methodology that can help achieve nearly zero energy refurbishments, through selection of innovative modular elements for the opaque and transparent areas of the building envelope, covering diverse energy reduction strategies while improving thermal comfort and indoor air quality. This integrated approach is not usual in the field. The Technical Note studies a series of facade and active window technologies that supply climate strategies such as insulation, heat recovery and ventilation. The methodology is demonstrated for three sample cases using a typical refurbishment scenario. It is evaluated through energy simulation and analysis of improvements in thermal comfort and indoor air quality indicators. Practical application: The methodology helps to reduce guesswork for actions to be taken in order to refurbish and upgrade the existing housing stock to comply with current energy directives. It takes into account at the same time energy performance and user comfort, as expressed through indoor air quality. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage Publications en
dc.relation.uri https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0143624419887020
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2019. Published by Sage Publications. en
dc.subject Energy refurbishment methodology en
dc.subject Thermal comfort en
dc.subject Indoor air quality active window en
dc.subject Vacuum insulation en
dc.title Use of adaptable solutions to achieve near-zero energy buildings through a combined thermal and comfort performance approach en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Carlos Ochoa, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: carlos.ochoa@ierc.ie en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.contributor.funder Horizon 2020 en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Building Services Engineering Research and Technology en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress beth.massey@tyndall.ie en
dc.internal.bibliocheck In press. Check vol / issue / page range. Amend citation as necessary. en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020::IA/768576/EU/Residential Retrofit assessment platform and demonstrations for near zero energy and CO2 emissions with optimum cost, health, comfort and environmental quality./ReCO2ST en
dc.identifier.eissn 1477-0849


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