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Title: A performance-based method for energy efficiency improvement of buildings
Authors: Chua, K.J. 
Chou, S.K. 
Keywords: Commercial buildings
Cooling energy requirement
Energy efficiency
Envelope Thermal Transfer Value
Issue Date: Apr-2011
Citation: Chua, K.J., Chou, S.K. (2011-04). A performance-based method for energy efficiency improvement of buildings. Energy Conversion and Management 52 (4) : 1829-1839. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Building energy standards provide control over excessive use of energy in buildings, promoting energy efficiency and mitigating detrimental environment impacts brought by high energy consumption. The central objective of this paper is to develop correlations that will predict building heat gains and cooling energy consumption for commercial buildings in tropical climates. The energy performance index OTTV was first revised to obtain a new performance index, ETTV for commercial buildings. We developed new correlations to investigate the impact ventilation rates and building aspect ratios had on building cooling energy consumption. Comparing estimated and simulated results, we demonstrated good agreement, even for buildings having different aspect ratios. A study was further conducted to investigate the impact of weather conditions on the developed methodology for estimating the energy consumption of buildings. We employed a design-day weather file to provide simplicity, flexibility and greater ease of use. The design day concept is pivotal in providing key inputs to the cooling energy-estimating methodology yielding good agreement with DOE-2.1E simulated results. We believe that the results presented in this study will benefit building authorities in their pursuit of developing and refining stringent building energy standards in order to realize better energy efficient buildings. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Energy Conversion and Management
ISSN: 01968904
DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2010.12.007
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