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Evaluation of energy and indoor environmental performance of a UK passive house dwelling

Lookup NU author(s): Xinxin Liang, Dr Mohammad Royapoor, Dr Yaodong WangORCiD, Professor Tony Roskilly



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The preliminary findings of the energy and indoor environmental performance of a Passive House dwelling in North East of England is presented in this paper. This dwelling is designed to comply with the Passive House Standard (certified by the International Passive House Association) which aims to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. The property benefits from advanced building fabric design and materials, PV array, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system (MVHR) and high efficiency domestic hot water storage vessel to minimise operational carbon emissions. Power generated by the PV panel, imported grid electricity and mains gas consumption of this house are monitored by a proprietary monitoring package; and data of indoor temperature, relative humidity and resident occupancy at several different locations in the dwelling are also recorded. A computational model of this property was developed using DesignBuilder software. The model was validated using the data monitored on site; and is used to predict and evaluate the performance of the house. The initial findings of this study shows the advantages of Passive House in achieving high thermal comfort and good indoor air quality with much lower energy consumption compares to the national average

Publication metadata

Author(s): Liang X, Royapoor M, Wang Y, Roskilly AP

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Building Simulation & Optimisation 2016

Year of Conference: 2016

Print publication date: 12/09/2016

Acceptance date: 04/05/2016

Date deposited: 18/11/2016