Evaluating indoor environment of a retrofitted multi-family building with improved energy performance in Sweden
2015 (English)In: Energy and Buildings, ISSN 0378-7788, E-ISSN 1872-6178, Vol. 102, 32-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The building sector within both the EU and Sweden accounts for about 40% of total energy use. It is therefore important to introduce energy efficiency measures in this sector in order to meet the national implementation of the Building Performance Directive. Retrofits that result in improved energy performance are important in order to meet national energy targets, but the impact on the indoor environment has to be considered. Properly chosen energy efficiency measures may affect the indoor environment positively. One retrofitted multi-family building, located in the city of Linköping, Sweden, was chosen as the study object. The building represents a common type of construction in Sweden. This study presents an evaluation of both the indoor environment and energy use of the retrofitted building in comparison with a similar non-retrofitted building from the same area. The results show that the building has potential to reach a 39% reduction of space heating demand. The indoor environment has been improved compared to the non-retrofitted building. Adding external blinds from 15 May to 15 September between 10am-12pm on the east side and 12pm-3pm on the west side seems to be the best option for improving the indoor climate during summer.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 102, 32-44 p.
Building energy simulation, Energy use, Indoor environment, Multi-family building, Retrofit, Buildings, Retrofitting, Building energy simulations, Building Performance Directive, Building sectors, Efficiency measure, Energy performance, Energy efficiency
Building Technologies Energy Systems
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-19956DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.05.021ISI: 000358458100003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84930947067OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-19956DiVA: diva2:838826
FunderSwedish Energy Agency