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Buildings 2013, 3(1), 191-204;

Avoiding the Possible Impact of Climate Change on the Built Environment: The Importance of the Building’s Energy Robustness

CIAE, School of Architecture, Catholic University of the North, Avenida Angamos 610, Antofagasta, Chile
AIE, Department of Architectonical Constructions, ETSAB, Poly-technical University of Catalonia, Avenida Diagonal 629, Barcelona, Spain
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Received: 28 November 2012 / Revised: 29 January 2013 / Accepted: 1 February 2013 / Published: 7 February 2013
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Following years of research and design in architecture under bio-climatic, sustainable and passive-energy concepts, today’s buildings are often well designed and constructed, responding to determined climate conditions and the user’s requirements for comfort and, in some cases, they are integrated into the urban environment. However, the lifetime of a building can be over 100 years and the climate is changing rapidly. This work investigates the impact of climate change future (2040 and 2070) on the energy consumption of residential buildings recently constructed, under three possible scenarios. The scenarios are created considering a low, medium or strong effect of global warming. Two types of buildings, with comparable consumption results of today, are investigated in three different cities around the world with a multi-zone type 56 of Trnsys simulation tool. At the end of the work, the concepts of energy robustness and global thermal effusivity of buildings are discussed as important strategies to reduce the possible impact of climate change on the built environment. The use of simulation tools to estimate the sensitivity of buildings is also analyzed, taking into consideration the recent goals of applying uncertainty and sensitivity analysis to building performance simulation science. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; energy robustness; building adaptability climate change; energy robustness; building adaptability

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Palme, M.; Isalgué, A.; Coch, H. Avoiding the Possible Impact of Climate Change on the Built Environment: The Importance of the Building’s Energy Robustness. Buildings 2013, 3, 191-204.

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