The Impact of Refurbishment on Thermal Comfort in Post-war Office Buildings

Duran, Ozlem, Taylor, Simon and Lomas, Kevin (2015) The Impact of Refurbishment on Thermal Comfort in Post-war Office Buildings. Energy Procedia, 78 . pp. 877-882. ISSN 1876-6102

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.011

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Post-war office buildings have been modeled using EnergyPlus to determine the effect on thermal comfort of a range of energy-saving refurbishment measures. The native buildings were found to be thermally uncomfortable in the winter due to low operative temperatures arising from their concrete construction and single glazing. When the building envelope was refurbished, the energy performance improved markedly and the buildings became thermally comfortable in the winter. However, in the summer they were prone to overheating, though the impact was mitigated by shading and night cooling. It is concluded that a wider range of refurbishment techniques needs to be investigated to achieve simultaneous energy reduction and year-round thermal comfort.

Keywords:Energy efficient refurbishment, Non-domestic buildings, Building energy simulation, Office building
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K200 Building
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K210 Building Technology
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment
ID Code:45906
Deposited On:03 Aug 2021 10:45

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