In European Union (EU) buildings consume approximately the 40% of total primary energy. Heat pump (HP) systems have proven to be an efficient and economically viable alternative to conventional systems to provide heating and cooling services in buildings. An effective penetration of this technology in the built environment is critical to achieve the ambitious goals set by the recent EU Directives on energy efficiency and energy performance of buildings. Although this technology is very versatile, its optimal design and management are related to specific climate, operational and economic conditions. The research presented aims to evaluate the performance of technical solutions for heating and cooling in residential buildings, using a "reference building" methodology. The comparison involves performance indicators such as primary energy consumption, CO2 emission and net present cost.The potential improvements with respect to conventional baseline solutions are assessed and the performance gap between air-source and water-source HP systems is shown referring to realistic operational and climate conditions within the Italian territory. The research suggests the possibility of reducing this performance gap by concentrating future research effort on design and control optimization.

Cost optimal analysis of heat pump technology adoption in residential reference buildings

ASTE, NICCOLO';ADHIKARI, RAJENDRA SINGH;MANFREN, MASSIMILIANO
2013

Abstract

In European Union (EU) buildings consume approximately the 40% of total primary energy. Heat pump (HP) systems have proven to be an efficient and economically viable alternative to conventional systems to provide heating and cooling services in buildings. An effective penetration of this technology in the built environment is critical to achieve the ambitious goals set by the recent EU Directives on energy efficiency and energy performance of buildings. Although this technology is very versatile, its optimal design and management are related to specific climate, operational and economic conditions. The research presented aims to evaluate the performance of technical solutions for heating and cooling in residential buildings, using a "reference building" methodology. The comparison involves performance indicators such as primary energy consumption, CO2 emission and net present cost.The potential improvements with respect to conventional baseline solutions are assessed and the performance gap between air-source and water-source HP systems is shown referring to realistic operational and climate conditions within the Italian territory. The research suggests the possibility of reducing this performance gap by concentrating future research effort on design and control optimization.
Heat pumps, Low energy buildings, Reference buildings
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