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Environments 2018, 5(8), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments5080085

Estimation of Energy Savings Potential in Higher Education Buildings Supported by Energy Performance Benchmarking: A Case Study

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INESC Coimbra, DEEC, Polo II, University of Coimbra, 3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal
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School of Technology and Management, Campus 2, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, 2411-901 Leiria, Portugal
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Received: 6 June 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 19 July 2018 / Published: 24 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Energy Management for a Sustainable Built Environment)
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This paper presents results of work developed in the field of building energy benchmarking applied to the building stock of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal, based on a thorough energy performance characterisation of each of its buildings. To address the benchmarking of the case study buildings, an energy efficiency ranking system was applied. Following an energy audit of each building, they were grouped in different typologies according to the main end-use activities developed: Pedagogic buildings, canteens, residential buildings and office buildings. Then, an energy usage indicator was used to establish a metric to rank the buildings of each typology according to their energy efficiency. The energy savings potential was also estimated, based on the reference building energy usage indicator for each typology, and considering two different scenarios, yielding potential savings between 10% and 34% in final energy consumption. View Full-Text
Keywords: higher education buildings; energy efficiency; energy management; energy benchmarking higher education buildings; energy efficiency; energy management; energy benchmarking
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Bernardo, H.; Oliveira, F. Estimation of Energy Savings Potential in Higher Education Buildings Supported by Energy Performance Benchmarking: A Case Study. Environments 2018, 5, 85.

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