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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2017: 15th Conference of IBPSA


Application of a Performance Oriented Climatic Zoning for Buildings in Nicaragua

Angélica Walsh1, Daniel Cóstola 2,3, Lucila C. Labaki 1
1 State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
2 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
3 IMED – Faculdade Meridional, Passo Fundo, Brazil

Abstract: Climatic zoning for building energy efficiency purposes is an important element in building energy policy; however, there is no consensus about the most appropriate methodology for its definition. Most methods currently used are based on few parameters, leading to an oversimplification and ignoring several aspects that are essential for building energy efficiency. In this context, this paper presents a novel approach, consisting on intensive use of archetypes, building performance simulation and geographic information system to facilitate the development and validation of climatic zoning. Results on this paper provide preliminary indications of the large potential of this approach to support informed decision making in the climatic zoning process.
Pages: 736 - 744