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Armitage, P, Godoy-Shimizu, D, Steemers, K and Chenvidyakarn, T (2015) Using Display Energy Certificates to quantify public sector office energy consumption. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 691-709.

Delghust, M, Roelens, W, Tanghe, T, De Weerdt, Y and Janssens, A (2015) Regulatory energy calculations versus real energy use in high-performance houses. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 675-90.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: domestic hot water; energy demand; energy performance; energy performance of buildings directive; energy policy; housing; rebound effect; space heating
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2015.1033874
  • Abstract:

    How accurately can official energy performance calculations assess the real energy use in high-performance houses? This question was investigated by analysing 537 dwellings. Data on building characteristics and calculated performance from the Flemish Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB) database were complemented with data from energy utilities and surveys of inhabitants, their socio-demographic characteristics and user behaviours. While the real and theoretical energy uses were strongly correlated, the official calculation method overestimated the heating energy use of most houses while neglecting important electricity end uses. The prediction error varied strongly between individual cases. Two options within the calculation procedure had a significant impact on these prediction errors: the use of default values for the air tightness of the building envelope and the reported return temperature of the space heating system. The simplified calculation of net domestic hot water consumption and the real heating of the master bedrooms also affected prediction accuracy. However, extrapolations are hazardous due to the risk of selection and non-response biases implied by the approach and the need for further research into the causalities. Nonetheless, the findings stress the importance of accurate input data and realistic default values for calculation models used for high-performance buildings.

Fedoruk, L E, Cole, R J, Robinson, J B and Cayuela, A (2015) Learning from failure: Understanding the anticipated-achieved building energy performance gap. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 750-63.

Galvin, R (2015) Integrating the rebound effect: Accurate predictors for upgrading domestic heating. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 710-22.

Moore, S A, Gelfand, S and Whitsett, D (2015) Epistemological conflict: Modern and non-modern frameworks for sustainability. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 659-74.

Perez-Bella, J M, Dominguez-Hernandez, J, Cano-Suñen, E, Del Coz-Diaz, J J and Alvarez Rabanal, F P (2015) Improvement alternatives for determining the watertightness performance of building facades. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 723-36.

Sanchez-Guevara, C, Fernandez, A S and Aja, A H (2015) Income, energy expenditure and housing in Madrid: Retrofitting policy implications. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 737-49.