Would high level of insulation in buildings improve energy saving?

Salim, S., Al-Habaibeh, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9867-6011 and Lotfi, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-5139-6565, 2019. Would high level of insulation in buildings improve energy saving? In: A. Al-Habaibeh ORCID: 0000-0002-9867-6011, A. Asthana and V. Vukovic, eds., The International Conference on Energy and Sustainable Futures (ICESF): Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 9 to 11 September 2019. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University: Publications, pp. 101-106. ISBN 9781912253012

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The UK government is committed to reduce 80% of its carbon footprint by the year 2050. With today’s increase in oil prices and the significant growth in energy demand, energy savings in heating and cooling of buildings is becoming an important area to address to reduce energy consumption. This paper reviews literature on energy consumption patterns and investigates the energy consumption in residential buildings based on people’s consumption behaviour. Infrared thermography has been used to identify areas in the building where heat is significantly lost. The case studies presented in this paper show that no matter how insulated a building is, significant heat can be lost due to the opening of windows by occupants. This is to improve the ventilation and temperature’s comfort level. It can be concluded that proper energy efficient ventilation is necessary to improve the energy efficiency. And the occupant’s behaviour plays an important role in controlling the energy savings regardless of the level of insulation of the building.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Salim, S., Al-Habaibeh, A. and Lotfi, A.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University: Publications
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 9 September 2019
ISBN: 9781912253012
Rights: Copyright © 2019 Nottingham Trent University
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Oct 2019 13:55
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 13:55
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37982

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