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Candido, C, Kim, J, de Dear, R and Thomas, L (2016) Bossa: A multidimensional post-occupancy evaluation tool. Building Research & Information, 44(02), 214-28.

Ferreira, M, Almeida, M, Rodrigues, A and Silva, S M (2016) Comparing cost-optimal and net-zero energy targets in building retrofit. Building Research & Information, 44(02), 188-201.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: building renovation; nearly zero-energy buildings; cost optimization; net-zero; retrofit; energy efficiency; buildings; retrofitting; renovation & restoration
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2014.975412
  • Abstract:

    The recast of the European Union’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive introduced the concept of nearly zero-energy buildings, requiring its adoption from 2021 by all new buildings and existing ones submitted to major renovations. European Union member states must also ensure minimum energy requirements for buildings in order to achieve cost-optimal levels during their life cycle. Cost optimality and nearly zero-energy buildings are important concepts in European Union energy policies. These concepts are related, but one is more focused on costs, while the other is more concerned with low energy consumption and on site-renewable energy harvesting. If these approaches result in major differences in the selection of the best package of retrofit measures, then the transition from the cost-optimal concept to nearly zero-energy buildings might be problematic. To assess the most cost-effective solutions to achieve net-zero, a building in Porto, Portugal, was analysed. This determined not only the most cost-effective retrofit solutions but also compared these net-zero solutions with those resulting from the cost-optimal calculation. Both approaches lead to similar results, indicating that the transition between ’cost optimality’ to ’nearly zero-energy buildings’ could occur in Portugal.

Gabe, J (2016) Successful greenhouse gas mitigation in existing Australian office buildings. Building Research & Information, 44(02), 160-74.

Hewitt, E L, Andrews, C J, Senick, J A, Wener, R E, Krogmann, U and Sorensen Allacci, M (2016) Distinguishing between green building occupants' reasoned and unplanned behaviours. Building Research & Information, 44(02), 119-34.

Johnston, D, Farmer, D, Brooke-Peat, M and Miles-Shenton, D (2016) Bridging the domestic building fabric performance gap. Building Research & Information, 44(02), 147-59.

Reinoso, E, Jaimes, M A and Torres, M A (2016) Evaluation of building code compliance in Mexico city: Mid-rise dwellings. Building Research & Information, 44(02), 202-13.

Terry, N and Palmer, J (2016) Trends in home computing and energy demand. Building Research & Information, 44(02), 175-87.

Walker, G, Brown, S and Neven, L (2016) Thermal comfort in care homes: Vulnerability, responsibility and 'thermal care'. Building Research & Information, 44(02), 135-46.