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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2009: 11th Conference of IBPSA

     

ANALYSIS OF THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF EARTH-SHELTERED HOUSES WITH SOUTHERN ELEVATION EXPOSED

Maja Staniec, Henryk Nowak

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26868/25222708.2009.1907-1913
Abstract: In the article the authors present the results of heating and cooling energy usage of earth-sheltered houses with exposed southern elevations. The results were then compared to a conventional above-ground building. Simulations were focused on the influence of soil cover and the thermal insulation of building envelope thickness and were done for Polish climate conditions. The large thermal inertia of soil surrounding earthsheltered houses causes smaller winter heat losses from a building which means smaller heating energy loads, whereas during summer heat losses to the ground are greater which naturally helps to cool down the air temperature in a building. As could be expected, the simulation results indicate that earth-sheltered buildings outperform aboveground buildings with respect to annual heating and cooling energy consumption.
Pages: 1907 - 1913
Paper:
bs2009_1907_1913