An approach for developing sensitive design parameter guidelines to reduce the energy requirements of low-rise apartment buildings
High levels of energy consumption in residential buildings and global warming are important issues. Thus the energy performance of buildings should be improved in the early stages of design. This article describes an approach for developing guidelines on sensitive and robust design parameters for the present, the 2020s, the 2050s and the 2080s. Such guidelines can help architects to design low-rise apartment buildings that require less energy for various purposes, such as heating or cooling. The article consists of a general literature review, interviews with architects, the generation of case-specific information and a mock-up presentation and a meeting with professionals. An example guideline that aims to reduce annual cooling energy loads under global warming in low-rise apartment buildings located in hot-humid climates is presented to demonstrate how the proposed approach can be applied. For this guideline, case-specific information was generated, and a global sensitivity analysis based on Monte Carlo Analysis and the Latin Hypercube Sampling technique was performed. The results show that the suggested approach is feasible and could be used to provide helpful information to architects during the design of low-rise apartment buildings with high energy performance. The most sensitive design parameters that affect annual cooling energy loads in low-rise apartment buildings were natural ventilation, window area, and the solar heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) of the glazing. The results are relevant for the present, the 2020s, the 2050s and the 2080s.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Volume (Year): 93 (2012)
Issue (Month): C ()
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/405891/description#description|
|Order Information:|| Postal: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/405891/bibliographic|
References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Mechri, Houcem Eddine & Capozzoli, Alfonso & Corrado, Vincenzo, 2010. "USE of the ANOVA approach for sensitive building energy design," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 87(10), pages 3073-3083, October.
- Yıldız, Yusuf & Arsan, Zeynep Durmuş, 2011. "Identification of the building parameters that influence heating and cooling energy loads for apartment buildings in hot-humid climates," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(7), pages 4287-4296.
- Kwon, Soon-Duck, 2010. "Uncertainty analysis of wind energy potential assessment," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 87(3), pages 856-865, March.
- Heiselberg, Per & Brohus, Henrik & Hesselholt, Allan & Rasmussen, Henrik & Seinre, Erkki & Thomas, Sara, 2009. "Application of sensitivity analysis in design of sustainable buildings," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 34(9), pages 2030-2036.
- Gustafsson, Stig-Inge, 1998. "Sensitivity analysis of building energy retrofits," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 61(1), pages 13-23, September.
- Kusiak, Andrew & Li, Mingyang & Zhang, Zijun, 2010. "A data-driven approach for steam load prediction in buildings," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 87(3), pages 925-933, March.
- Mallah, Subhash & Bansal, N.K., 2011. "Parametric sensitivity analysis for techno-economic parameters in Indian power sector," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 88(3), pages 622-629, March.
- Pregernig, Michael, 2000. "Putting science into practice: the diffusion of scientific knowledge exemplified by the Austrian `Research Initiative Against Forest Decline'," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 1(2), pages 165-176, August.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:appene:v:93:y:2012:i:c:p:337-347. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Shamier, Wendy)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.