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Assessment of Energy Consumption in Existing Buildings

Brady, LJ and Abdellatif, M (2017) Assessment of Energy Consumption in Existing Buildings. Energy and Buildings, 149. pp. 142-150. ISSN 0378-7788

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There has been general recognition within the construction industry that there is a discrepancy between the amount of energy that buildings actually use and what designers considered that they should use. This phenomenon is termed “The Performance Gap” and is normally associated with new buildings. However, existing and older buildings contribute a greater amount of operational carbon. In response to the Performance Gap, CIBSE have developed the TM54 process which is aimed at improving energy estimates at design stage. This paper considers how the TM54 process can also be used to develop energy management procedures for existing buildings. The paper describes an exercise carried out for a university workshop building in which design energy use has been compared with the actual building energy use and standard benchmarks. Moreover, a sensitivity assessment has been carried out using different scenarios based on operation hours of building/ equipment, boiler efficiency and impact of climate change. The analysis of these results showed high uncertainty in estimates of energy consumption. If carbon challenges are to be met then improved energy management techniques will require a more systematic approach so that facilities managers can identify energy streams and pinpoint problems, particularly where they have assumed responsibility for existing buildings which often have a legacy of poorly metered fuel consumption.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 09 Engineering, 12 Built Environment And Design
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 09:37
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 11:26
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.05.051
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6583
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