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Energies 2014, 7(11), 6897-6929; doi:10.3390/en7116897

A Heuristic Rule-Based Passive Design Decision Model for Reducing Heating Energy Consumption of Korean Apartment Buildings

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KAIST Institute for Information Technology Convergence, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon 305-701, Korea
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon 305-701, Korea
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Received: 3 July 2014 / Revised: 8 August 2014 / Accepted: 16 October 2014 / Published: 29 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficient Building Design and Operation 2014)
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This research presents an evaluative energy model for estimating the energy efficiency of the design choices of architects and engineers in the early design phase. We analyze the effects of various parameters with different characteristics in various combinations for building energy consumption. With this analysis, we build a database that identifies a set of heuristic rules for energy-efficient building design to facilitate the design of sustainable apartment housing. Perturbation studies are based on a sensitivity analysis used to identify the thermal influence of the input design parameters on various simulation outputs and compare the results to a reference case. Energy sensitivity weight factors are obtained from an extensive sensitivity study using building energy simulations. The results of the energy sensitivity study summarized in a set of heuristic rules for evaluating architectural features are estimated through case studies of Korean apartment buildings. This study offers valuable guidelines for developing energy-efficient residential housing in Korea and will help architects in considering appropriate design schemes and provide a ready reference to generalized test cases for both architects and engineers so that they can zero in on a set of effective design solutions. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy consumption model; heuristic rules; sensitivity analysis; energy-efficient buildings; Korean apartment buildings energy consumption model; heuristic rules; sensitivity analysis; energy-efficient buildings; Korean apartment buildings
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Suh, D.; Chang, S. A Heuristic Rule-Based Passive Design Decision Model for Reducing Heating Energy Consumption of Korean Apartment Buildings. Energies 2014, 7, 6897-6929.

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