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A decoupled whole-building simulation engine for rapid exhaustive search of low-carbon and low-energy building refurbishment options

Rysanek, AM and Choudhary, R (2012) A decoupled whole-building simulation engine for rapid exhaustive search of low-carbon and low-energy building refurbishment options. Building and Environment, 50. pp. 21-33. ISSN 0360-1323

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Abstract

This paper presents the development of a new building physics and energy supply systems simulation platform. It has been adapted from both existing commercial models and empirical works, but designed to provide expedient exhaustive simulation of all salient types of energy- and carbon-reducing retrofit options. These options may include any combination of behavioural measures, building fabric and equipment upgrades, improved HVAC control strategies, or novel low-carbon energy supply technologies. We provide a methodological description of the proposed model, followed by two illustrative case studies of the tool when used to investigate retrofit options of a mixed-use office building and primary school in the UK. It is not the intention of this paper, nor would it be feasible, to provide a complete engineering decomposition of the proposed model, describing all calculation processes in detail. Instead, this paper concentrates on presenting the particular engineering aspects of the model which steer away from conventional practise. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building retrofits Discrete options analysis Energy efficiency emissions reduction Whole-building simulation
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Structures
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:22
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:31
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2011.09.024