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Buildings 2012, 2(4), 477-496; doi:10.3390/buildings2040477
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Historical Consumption of Heating Natural Gas and Thermal Monitoring of a Multifamily High-Rise Building in a Temperate/Cold Climate in Argentina

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Received: 7 October 2012; in revised form: 9 November 2012 / Accepted: 22 November 2012 / Published: 4 December 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Design and Construction)
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Abstract: This paper analyzes the historical consumption of natural gas in a multifamily high-rise building and the monitored winter thermal behavior of an apartment sample. The building is located in the center of Argentina (latitude: 36º27’S; longitude: 64º27’W), where the climate is a cold temperate with an absolute minimum temperature that may reach −10 °C. The building has two blocks, North and South. The building’s annual gas consumption and its variability between 1996 and 2008 are shown. The South block consumed 78% more gas, a situation expected due to lower solar resource availability and greater vulnerability regarding strong and cold SW winds. Indoor temperatures monitored during 2009 in four apartments are described. The outdoor minimum temperature reached −5 °C, with solar irradiance around 500 W/m2 at midday. Results showed that the average indoor temperatures were 20.1, 20.6, 24.0 and 22.1 °C. The highest consumption value corresponded to the apartment exposed to SW cold winds. Compared to the rest of the building, the apartment on the top floor consumes 59% more energy than the average for the gas consumed throughout the year. The authors assume that the energy potentials of intervention are different, and not necessarily all the apartments should have the same technological response.
Keywords: high-rise multifamily building; natural gas consumption; thermal monitoring; comfort high-rise multifamily building; natural gas consumption; thermal monitoring; comfort
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MDPI and ACS Style

Filippín, C.; Larsen, S.F. Historical Consumption of Heating Natural Gas and Thermal Monitoring of a Multifamily High-Rise Building in a Temperate/Cold Climate in Argentina. Buildings 2012, 2, 477-496.

AMA Style

Filippín C, Larsen SF. Historical Consumption of Heating Natural Gas and Thermal Monitoring of a Multifamily High-Rise Building in a Temperate/Cold Climate in Argentina. Buildings. 2012; 2(4):477-496.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Filippín, Celina; Larsen, Silvana F. 2012. "Historical Consumption of Heating Natural Gas and Thermal Monitoring of a Multifamily High-Rise Building in a Temperate/Cold Climate in Argentina." Buildings 2, no. 4: 477-496.

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