Developing a new library of materials and structural elements for the simulative evaluation of buildings’ energy performance

Agis Papadopoulos, Simeon Oxyzidis, Luciano Papathanasiou

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Abstract

Contemporary building energy simulation programs are not only used by researchers but also are common tools in the hands of engineers and architects. Most of them are using databases of materials and structural elements, with characteristics originating from the country or the broader region where the specific program was developed. Thus, often the particularities met in other countries are not considered. Such a database of materials and constructions systematically used in the Greek building sector was developed for use with the simulation program EnergyPlus, which has become quite popular over the last years. In order to determine the applicability of the database, the energy behaviour of a typical multistory, multifamily building was simulated, having the exact materials and structural elements and patterns used in Greece. Furthermore, different thicknesses of insulation were simulated, corresponding to local climatic conditions and, even more important, to different dates of the building's construction. The results are presented and discussed in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)710-719
Number of pages10
JournalBuilding and Environment
Volume43
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2007

Keywords

  • Building simulation
  • Energy behaviour
  • Insulation
  • Heating
  • Cooling

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