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Buildings 2014, 4(2), 95-112; doi:10.3390/buildings4020095

Optimum Envelope of a Single-Family House Based on Life Cycle Analysis

Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec H3G, Canada
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Received: 26 February 2014 / Revised: 8 April 2014 / Accepted: 9 April 2014 / Published: 21 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Building Performance Analysis and Simulation)
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This paper describes the methodology used for the life cycle cost (LCC) and life cycle energy (LCE) analyses of the case study house in Quebec, Canada. The TRNSYS energy analysis program is coupled with GenOpt, a general purpose optimization program, for the purpose of this study. The particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm is used for the search for the optimum solution. Results show that the optimum levels of insulation should be higher than the reference values, even for the case of LCC analysis. The results are for the most part still valid if electricity costs are assumed to increase below the inflation rate for the duration of the study period.
Keywords: house; envelope; optimization; life cycle cost; life cycle energy; simulation house; envelope; optimization; life cycle cost; life cycle energy; simulation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Hamelin, M.-C.; Zmeureanu, R. Optimum Envelope of a Single-Family House Based on Life Cycle Analysis. Buildings 2014, 4, 95-112.

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