Building energy investigation framework

Galadanci, A.S., 2020. Building energy investigation framework. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

Climate change has affected the lives and properties of people in the last decade with high temperature record broken eight times. This has led to a global urgency on the need to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption. According to the United Nations Global Status Report 2017, buildings and construction together account for 36% of the global energy use and 39% of energy related carbon dioxide emissions. The building and construction industry are aiming to reduce their carbon footprint by carefully designing and constructing energy efficient buildings. However, not all buildings perform as expected or planned as some of these buildings underperform by gaining or losing more heat than needed, thereby the need for building energy assessment. Thermal bridging affects the energy performance of buildings by creating weak points within the building envelope. Researchers have stated that the impact of thermal bridging has not been considered properly. The study introduces a novel framework for investigating building energy performance.

A novel systematic framework which comprises of phases, namely thermography investigation, building energy modelling, thermal bridges characterisation and future prediction for overheating is developed. The framework is capable of assessing the effect of thermal bridges and predicts the future performance of buildings under different weather conditions. A sport changing facility, which was designed as a low energy building, serves as a demonstrator for the application of the framework.

The research contributed a novel framework for the evaluating building energy performance considering effects of thermal bridges and future predictions. Furthermore, the research addresses the risk of overheating in buildings and also the effect of building services on buildings overheating. A systematic review of thermal bridges conducted within the research and a combined classification of thermal bridges. Furthermore, the framework contributed to the monitoring intervention in practice such as the REMOURBAN projects.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Galadanci, A.S.
Date: 2020
Rights: The copyright in this work is held by the author. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed to the author.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 21 Jan 2021 17:08
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 17:08
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42081

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