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Buildings 2013, 3(1), 258-277; doi:10.3390/buildings3010258

Energy and Environmental Performance of Multi-Story Apartment Buildings Built in Timber Construction Using Passive House Principles

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IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Valhallavägen 81, Box 21060, Stockholm 10031, Sweden
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Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Division of Energy and Building Design, Lund University, LTH, Box 118, Lund 22100, Sweden
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Received: 27 December 2012 / Revised: 31 January 2013 / Accepted: 17 February 2013 / Published: 4 March 2013
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This paper presents energy and environmental performance analyses, a study of summer indoor temperatures and occupant behavior for an eight story apartment building, with the goal to combine high energy efficiency with low environmental impact, at a reasonable cost. Southern Portvakten building is built with prefabricated timber elements using passive house principles in the North European climate. Energy performance was analyzed through parametric studies, as well as monitored energy data, and complemented with analysis of occupant behavior during one year. Results show that airtight, low-energy apartment buildings can be successfully built with prefabricated timber elements in a cold climate. The monitored total energy use was 47.6 kWh/m2, excluding household electricity (revised to a normal year), which is considerably lower than of a standard building built today in Sweden—90 kWh/m2. However, the occupancy level was low during the analyzed year, which affects the energy use compared to if the building had been fully occupied. Environmental analysis shows that the future challenges lie in lowering the household and common electricity use, as well as in improving the choices of materials. More focus should also lie on improving occupant behavior and finding smart solar shading solutions for apartment buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: massive timber; multi-story building; energy use; environmental performance; prefabricated elements; low energy building; new construction massive timber; multi-story building; energy use; environmental performance; prefabricated elements; low energy building; new construction
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Kildsgaard, I.; Jarnehammar, A.; Widheden, A.; Wall, M. Energy and Environmental Performance of Multi-Story Apartment Buildings Built in Timber Construction Using Passive House Principles. Buildings 2013, 3, 258-277.

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