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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Comparison of overheating risk in nearly zero energy dwelling based on three different overheating calculation methods

Shady Attia 1, Ramin Rahif 1, Abdulrahman Fani 1, Mohamed Amer 2
1 Univeristé de Liège, Belgium
2 Renowatt, Liege, Belgium

Abstract: This study aims to inform building designers about overheating risks in nearly zero energy dwelling and the importance of calculation methods. Three overheating risk indicators are selected and compared, comprising 1) the EPBD overheating indicator, 2) the Passive House overheating indicator, and 3) the ambient warmness degree and indoor overheating degree indicators developed by Hamdy et al. (2017) (Hamdy et al., 2017a). The third overheating calculation method represents the latest state-of-the-art method for overheating assessment. With the help of EnergyPlus energy modeling program, a calibrated building energy model was created. Annual simulations took place for a typical meteorological year comparing overheating risk according to three calculation approaches. Results confirm a 216% difference in the overheated hours between the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) method and the used method of Hamdy et al. 2017. Results emphasize the need to improve the Belgian EPBD calculation method and integrate long-term thermal discomfort indicators to represent climate change and overheating risks in dwellings.
Keywords: thermal discomfort, ambient warmness degree, Indoor overheating degree, EPBD, near-zero energy
Pages: 2374 - 2380