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Sustainability 2015, 7(9), 12870-12890; doi:10.3390/su70912870

A Process for the Implementation of New Renewable Energy Systems in a Building by Considering Environmental and Economic Effect

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Parsons Brinckerhoff, Seoul 135-763, Korea
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Department of Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749, Korea
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Division of Architecture & Urban Design, Incheon National University, Incheon 406-772, Korea
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 3 March 2015 / Revised: 20 August 2015 / Accepted: 15 September 2015 / Published: 18 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability Strategies to Adapt to Climate Change)
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Abstract

The excessive use of fossil fuels has led to global warming and air pollution. To solve these problems, interest in new renewable energy system (NRE system) has increased in recent years. In particular, photovoltaic, solar thermal heating, fuel cell and ground source heating system are actively implemented for achieving the zero energy building. Since the initial investment cost of the NRE system is quite expensive, it is necessary to conduct a feasibility study from the life cycle perspective. Therefore, this study aimed to develop the process for the implementation of NRE system in a building for the optimal design. This study was conducted with four steps: (i) establishing the basic information for the system installation; (ii) selecting key factors affecting system performances; (iii) making possible alternatives of the system installation; and (iv) selecting optimal system by considering environmental and economic effect. The proposed process could enable the final decision-maker to easily and accurately determine the optimal design of the NRE systems from the economic and environmental efficiency in the early design phase. The process could also be applied to any other NRE system and could be extended to any other country in the global environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: new renewable energy; photovoltaic system; solar thermal energy system; fuel cell system; ground source heat pump system new renewable energy; photovoltaic system; solar thermal energy system; fuel cell system; ground source heat pump system
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Kim, C.-J.; Hong, T.; Kim, J.; Kim, D.; Seo, D.-Y. A Process for the Implementation of New Renewable Energy Systems in a Building by Considering Environmental and Economic Effect. Sustainability 2015, 7, 12870-12890.

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