Energies 2012, 5(9), 3398-3424; doi:10.3390/en5093398
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Reducing the Energy Demand of Multi-Dwelling Units in a Mediterranean Climate Using Solar Protection Elements

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Received: 30 June 2012; in revised form: 1 August 2012 / Accepted: 15 August 2012 / Published: 6 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficient Buildings and Green Buildings)
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Abstract: It is known that glazed openings are very important elements in the energetic behavior of buildings, especially in Mediterranean climates where there are many hours of solar radiation. The objective of this study was to determine the influence of solar protection on the energy demand of public housing structures in these climates. To this end, the reduction in energy demand achieved by fixed solar protectors in combination with mobile protectors (blinds) was quantified, including an evaluation of the influence of their geometry, dimensions, degree of openness, and the orientation of the opening. To analyze and quantify energetic demand, a block of public housing units in a neighborhood of Seville (latitude 37°23' N) was used as a model. This block is typical of public housing in the Mediterranean region. Simulated energetic models were created using DesignBuilder, achieving reductions in the annual energy demand from 10% to 27% according to the orientation chosen. The results and conclusions of the study are applicable to new construction, energetic rehabilitation projects, and/or the improvement of existing buildings.
Keywords: solar protection; energy demand; energy efficiency; energy saving; social housing buildings; building design
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León, Á.L.; Domínguez, S.; Campano, M.A.; Ramírez-Balas, C. Reducing the Energy Demand of Multi-Dwelling Units in a Mediterranean Climate Using Solar Protection Elements. Energies 2012, 5, 3398-3424.

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León ÁL, Domínguez S, Campano MA, Ramírez-Balas C. Reducing the Energy Demand of Multi-Dwelling Units in a Mediterranean Climate Using Solar Protection Elements. Energies. 2012; 5(9):3398-3424.

Chicago/Turabian Style

León, Ángel L.; Domínguez, Samuel; Campano, Miguel A.; Ramírez-Balas, Cristina. 2012. "Reducing the Energy Demand of Multi-Dwelling Units in a Mediterranean Climate Using Solar Protection Elements." Energies 5, no. 9: 3398-3424.


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