Energy efficiency evaluation of zero energy houses

Rodríguez Ubiñas, Edwin Israel and Rodríguez Trejo, Sergio and Todorovich, Marija and Voss, Karsten (2014). Energy efficiency evaluation of zero energy houses. "Energy And Buildings", v. 83 ; pp. 23-35. ISSN 0378-7788.


Title: Energy efficiency evaluation of zero energy houses
  • Rodríguez Ubiñas, Edwin Israel
  • Rodríguez Trejo, Sergio
  • Todorovich, Marija
  • Voss, Karsten
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Energy And Buildings
Date: November 2014
ISSN: 0378-7788
Volume: 83
Freetext Keywords: Energy efficiency; Interior comfort; Passive strategies; Passive design; Solar decathlon; Solar houses; Energy consumption; Zero energy
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Construcción y Tecnología Arquitectónica
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Given the global energy and environmental situation, the European Union has been issuing directives with increasingly demanding requirements in term of the energy efficiency in buildings. The international competition of sustainable houses, Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE), is aligned with these European objectives. SDE houses are low energy solar buildings that must reach the near to zero energy houses’ goal. In the 2012 edition, in order to emphasize its significance, the Energy Efficiency Contest was added. SDE houses’ interior comfort, functioning and energy performance is monitored. The monitoring data can give an idea about the efficiency of the houses. However, a jury comprised by international experts is responsible for carrying out the houses energy efficiency evaluation. Passive strategies and houses services are analyzed. Additionally, the jury's assessment has been compared with the behavior of the houses during the monitoring period. Comparative studies make emphasis on the energy aspects, houses functioning and their interior comfort. Conclusions include thoughts related with the evaluation process, the results of the comparative studies and suggestions for the next competitions.

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Item ID: 40269
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DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.06.019
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 06 May 2016 11:01
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 09:06
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