Paper Conference

Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Exploring easy-implementable adaptation strategies to climate change scenarios of existing office buildings: a case study in the Swiss context

Sergi Aguacil Moreno 1, Verena Marie Barthelmes 2, Cecile Anne Berquand 2, Dolaana Khovalyg 2
1 Building2050 group, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Fribourg, Switzerland
2 Thermal Engineering for the Built Environment Laboratory (TEBEL), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), EPFL Fribourg, Switzerland

Abstract: European energy policies are aimed at increasing the climate resilience of infrastructure, including new and existing buildings. The implications of future ambient conditions on the energy and environmental performance in buildings and respective adaptation strategies still need to be thoroughly investigated. The aim of this simulationbased study is to estimate the effect of selected future weather scenarios by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC), on the energy demand of a Swiss office building. The results showed that the cooling demand can increase up to 146% in future scenarios. Finally, some preliminary alternative design and operational solutions were explored to enhance building resilience to climate change.
Keywords: climate change, adaptation, energy performance, easy-implementable strategies
Pages: 729 - 736