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The near Zero Energy Building standard and the Passivhaus standard – a case study

Colclough, Shane, O'Leary, Tomas, Hewitt, Neil and Griffiths, Philip (2017) The near Zero Energy Building standard and the Passivhaus standard – a case study. In: Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Edinburgh. Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings HTTP://NCEUB.org.uk. Vol 1 8 pp. [Conference contribution]

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The EU has mandated that all buildings are built to the near Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) standard from 2020. The Passivhaus standard has been in existence for over 25 years and potentially offers a tried and tested method of achieving nZEB.This paper explores if there is a performance gap between the PH standard and the nZEB standard. Further, analysis is carried out based on monitoring results from a real building: a 103m2 three bedroom dwelling located in Ireland. The comparison of the two standards is carried out with particular focus on the assumed and recorded indoor temperature assumptions and heating periods for both standards. The analysis looks at the actual indoor climate experienced, based on the following recorded metrics which are being gathered at five-minute intervals:a. occupancy profileb. indoor air temperaturec. indoor relative humidityd. indoor carbon dioxide concentrationse. outdoor temperaturef. outdoor relative humidityg. wind speedh. barometric pressurei. energy consumptionBased on the above metrics a discussion takes place on the energy and IEQ performance in the context of the performance mandated by the respective standards in the quest to deliver Passive and Low Energy Architecture.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Passivhaus, nZEB, Monitoring, IAQ
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
Built Environment Research Institute
ID Code:38558
Deposited By: Dr Shane Colclough
Deposited On:06 Sep 2017 09:07
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:31

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