Case Study of a Nearly Zero Energy Building in Italian Climatic Conditions
AbstractThe building sector is an important stakeholder in the energy and environmental scenario of any country. It continues to grow across the world due to factors such as population growth, and economic and infrastructure development. Within the European Union, buildings account for 40% of the total energy requirements and 30% of carbon dioxide emissions. The building sector is keen to improve its sustainability standards and also to help achieve the 20-20-20 targets set by the European Union. The present work aims to design a nearly zero energy sports gymnasium building in Calolziocorte, Italy. Various sustainability techniques are applied in an integrated design project approach using ECOTECT software to undertake the energy modelling exercise. Firstly, the base-case is modelled with conventional building materials and the total energy demand is calculated. Duly considering the local climatic conditions, sustainable materials are chosen for walls, the floor, the roof, and windows and a 38% reduction is noted in the total energy demand of the building compared to the base-case. The impact of louvers as a passive design technique has also been examined on the total energy demand of the building. The monthly load/discomfort analysis is undertaken for various individual functions inside the building to identify the critical areas that consume more energy. The monthly load/discomfort analysis is performed with the proposed materials and the air infiltration rate is improved through the building envelope and 63% reduction is noted in the total energy demand of the building compared to the base-case. A solar access analysis is conducted to understand the on-site energy production and then the building net energy demand is calculated, which is reduced to 90% compared to the base-case. View Full-Text
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Khan, H.S.; Asif, M.; Mohammed, M.A. Case Study of a Nearly Zero Energy Building in Italian Climatic Conditions. Infrastructures 2017, 2, 19.
Khan HS, Asif M, Mohammed MA. Case Study of a Nearly Zero Energy Building in Italian Climatic Conditions. Infrastructures. 2017; 2(4):19.Chicago/Turabian Style
Khan, Hassan S.; Asif, Muhammad; Mohammed, Mohammed A. 2017. "Case Study of a Nearly Zero Energy Building in Italian Climatic Conditions." Infrastructures 2, no. 4: 19.
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