In Mediterranean countries such as Italy is necessary to achieve comfort in new residential buildings both in winter and summer. For this reason, in defining the overall energy performance, the EPBD Directive [1] requires to consider summer performance indicators as well. In the energy certification of buildings, however, the winter performance of buildings is highlighted, while the summer performance indicators are often neglected. To investigate the energy performance of buildings in the summer season, the BEST Department of Politecnico di Milano conducted a comparative evaluation between the actual and normalised energy performance of a high-performance residential building equipped with a cooling plant, located in Milan. The study compares the results of a summer monitoring campaign with two theoretical calculation models: the standard calculation used for energy certification in the Lombardy region (Italy) and a building simulation with EnergyPlus. The study showed that the real energy requirements, as estimated through the monitoring campaign of some representative flats, were much lower than the energy requirements calculated with the standard certification procedure but quite consistent with those calculated with the building simulation model. However, real energy consumption is different even in identical flats due to the different behaviours of the users.

Comparison between predicted and actual energy performance for summer cooling in high-performance residential buildings in the Lombardy region (Italy)

DALL'O', GIULIANO;SARTO, LUCA;SANNA, NICOLA;
2012-01-01

Abstract

In Mediterranean countries such as Italy is necessary to achieve comfort in new residential buildings both in winter and summer. For this reason, in defining the overall energy performance, the EPBD Directive [1] requires to consider summer performance indicators as well. In the energy certification of buildings, however, the winter performance of buildings is highlighted, while the summer performance indicators are often neglected. To investigate the energy performance of buildings in the summer season, the BEST Department of Politecnico di Milano conducted a comparative evaluation between the actual and normalised energy performance of a high-performance residential building equipped with a cooling plant, located in Milan. The study compares the results of a summer monitoring campaign with two theoretical calculation models: the standard calculation used for energy certification in the Lombardy region (Italy) and a building simulation with EnergyPlus. The study showed that the real energy requirements, as estimated through the monitoring campaign of some representative flats, were much lower than the energy requirements calculated with the standard certification procedure but quite consistent with those calculated with the building simulation model. However, real energy consumption is different even in identical flats due to the different behaviours of the users.
Energy certification; Summer energy performance monitoring; Low energy-use buildings; Building simulation; Residential buildings
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