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Office Building Tenants’ Electricity Use Model for Building Performance Simulations

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Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Tallinn University of Technology, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia
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Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, 00076 Aalto, Finland
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Energies 2020, 13(21), 5541; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13215541
Received: 30 September 2020 / Revised: 19 October 2020 / Accepted: 20 October 2020 / Published: 22 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Performance and Indoor Climate in Buildings)
Large office buildings are responsible for a substantial portion of energy consumption in urban districts. However, thorough assessments regarding the Nordic countries are still lacking. In this paper we analyse the largest dataset to date for a Nordic office building, by considering a case study located in Stockholm, Sweden, that is occupied by nearly a thousand employees. Distinguishing the lighting and occupants’ appliances energy use from heating and cooling, we can estimate the impact of occupancy without any schedule data. A standard frequentist analysis is compared with Bayesian inference, and the according regression formulas are listed in tables that are easy to implement into building performance simulations (BPS). Monthly as well as seasonal correlations are addressed, showing the critical importance of occupancy. A simple method, grounded on the power drain measurements aimed at generating boundary conditions for the BPS, is also introduced; it shows how, for this type of data and number of occupants, no more complexities are needed in order to obtain reliable predictions. For an average year, we overestimate the measured cumulative consumption by only 4.7%. The model can be easily generalised to a variety of datasets. View Full-Text
Keywords: building simulation; office buildings; energy performance; energy modelling; HVAC; analytical modelling; statistical analysis building simulation; office buildings; energy performance; energy modelling; HVAC; analytical modelling; statistical analysis
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Ferrantelli, A.; Kuivjõgi, H.; Kurnitski, J.; Thalfeldt, M. Office Building Tenants’ Electricity Use Model for Building Performance Simulations. Energies 2020, 13, 5541. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13215541

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Ferrantelli A, Kuivjõgi H, Kurnitski J, Thalfeldt M. Office Building Tenants’ Electricity Use Model for Building Performance Simulations. Energies. 2020; 13(21):5541. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13215541

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Ferrantelli, Andrea; Kuivjõgi, Helena; Kurnitski, Jarek; Thalfeldt, Martin. 2020. "Office Building Tenants’ Electricity Use Model for Building Performance Simulations" Energies 13, no. 21: 5541. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13215541

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