Improve energy and environmental efficiency of a generic office building

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ConferenceProceedings of IAQVEC Conference 2010: 15 August 2010, Syracuse, New York, USA
Pages19; # of pages: 9
SubjectEnergy consumption, indoor environment quality, office building, data mining; Energy efficiency
AbstractA world wide effort has been made to promote green measures among office buildings, as this building sector consumes a substantial amount of energy and contributes to Green House Gases (GHG) emissions. For example, commercial and institutional buildings consumed 6% of Canada?s secondary energy use in 2001 (NRCan, 2002, 2007). This study was geared at exploring the applications of low energy technologies in office buildings. Energy and resource saving measures were extracted through a review of 55 energy efficient buildings from a wide range of climates, building sizes, and occupancy densities. The most commonly used measures were applied to a synthetic office building. The baseline building was conceived to meet the requirements of the Canadian Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) (NRC, 1997). Trnsys and the Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency (CASBEE) from Japan were used to investigate the energy performance and eco-efficiency of this building. The final results demonstrated that, by applying those commonly used energy saving measures, the annual energy use of the building was reduced by 82%. More interestingly, the eco-efficiency ranking of the building was increased from B+ (good) to A (very good) only by integrating a ground source heat pump (GSHP) into the building energy system.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number54474
NPARC number20373969
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