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Modelling household spatial energy intensity consumption patterns for building envelopes, heating systems and temperature controls in cities

Lookup NU author(s): Javier Urquizo Calderon, Dr Carlos CalderonORCiD, Professor Philip James


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© 2017 CURRAN-CONFERENCE. All rights reserved. This paper explore the benefits of a bottom-up spatially enabled engineering building-based energy framework in identifying neighbourhoods, and community's building aggregated areas with spatial patters. We argue that an area-based approach allows more houses to be targeted in places where local area characteristics show inefficient elements, and may therefore potentially capture a greater number of households per unit of cost, compared to the existing self-referral methods. We propose a spatial method to show the extent of building envelopes, heating systems and temperature controls. Heating controls, which are not recorded in the United Kingdom Homes Energy Efficiency Database (HEED), but we believe would be considered good practice to maintain balanced temperatures around the house, and also potentially reduce the complexity in modelling the thermal zones. Additionally, heating controls are seen as compulsory in new building regulations, an eligible measure in Green Deal and Energy Company Obligations, and in the United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) heat strategy. This paper has taught us that the emerging picture surrounding local energy modelling and that, for example, singularities such group heating and district heating (decentralised energy supply) have a great impact on final energy consumption calculations.

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Author(s): Urquizo J, Calderon C, James P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 30th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems (ECOS 2017)

Year of Conference: 2017

Online publication date: 02/07/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Publisher: International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO)