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Buildings 2014, 4(1), 43-59; doi:10.3390/buildings4010043

Development of a Façade Assessment and Design Tool for Solar Energy (FASSADES)

Energy and Building Design, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, P.O. Box 118, Lund 221 00, Sweden
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Received: 24 January 2014 / Revised: 27 February 2014 / Accepted: 3 March 2014 / Published: 13 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Building Performance Analysis and Simulation)
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Abstract

Planning energy-efficient buildings which produce on-site renewable energy in an urban context is a challenge for all involved actors in the planning process. The primary objective of this study was to develop a façade assessment and design tool for solar energy (FASSADES) providing the necessary information for all stakeholders in the design process. The secondary objective was to demonstrate the tool by performing an assessment analysis of a building block. The FASSADES tool is a DIVA4Rhino script, combining Radiance/Daysim and EnergyPlus for simulating the annual production of solar thermal and photovoltaic systems on facades, the cost-effectiveness of the solar energy system, and the payback time. Different output methods are available; graphically within the 3D drawing environment and numerically within post-processing software. The tool was tested to analyse a building block within a city under Swedish conditions. Output of the developed tool showed that shading from nearby buildings greatly affects the feasibility of photovoltaic and solar thermal systems on facades.
Keywords: solar energy; solar thermal; photovoltaics; density; facade; assessment; feasibility; urban planning solar energy; solar thermal; photovoltaics; density; facade; assessment; feasibility; urban planning
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Kanters, J.; Wall, M.; Dubois, M.-C. Development of a Façade Assessment and Design Tool for Solar Energy (FASSADES). Buildings 2014, 4, 43-59.

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