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Proceedings of BSA Conference 2015: Second Conference of IBPSA-Italy


Achieving High-Performance Building Design in the Tropics through Modelling and Simulation: A case study in Singapore

Bharath Seshadri, Zhou Jian, Vincent Partenay, Priya Pawar, Adrian Lamano

Abstract: As part of a Scientific Planning and Support (SPS) initiative for designing buildings, a team of researchers from the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) in Singapore helped design a high performance building using extensive benchmarking, modelling and simulation studies. The building is designed to perform well beyond Singapore’s highest energy efficiency standard – The Green Mark Platinum rating. Designing high performance buildings in the tropics poses a unique set of challenges. Typical to the region, all non-residential buildings require robust air-conditioning and ventilation systems to fulfil high cooling demands (which typically comprises close to 50% of the building’s total energy demand). The SPS team organized a Design Charrette to address problems such as (i) efficient cooling solutions, (ii) developing tropic-specific standards and schedules, (iii) separating latent and sensible cooling loads, (iv) increasing indoor thermal comfort, (v) passive air-distribution, (vi) centralized water cooling, (vii) intelligent chiller sizing and optimization, (viii) maximizing of natural ventilation and (ix) maximizing of natural lighting. This paper presents the modelling and simulation results which were used to design energy efficient solutions specific to the problems faced in the tropics, as mentioned above.
Pages: 75 - 82