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Proceedings of eSim 2016: 9th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Investigation of design strategies for improved energy performance in supermarkets: a case study

Anders MacGregor, Caroline Hachem-Vermette

Abstract: Supermarkets consume large amounts of energy to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature and to preserve merchandise. In an attempt to improve the energy efficiency of this building type, this paper investigates the effect of various design strategies on the energy performance of a hypothetical supermarket. The parameters whose effects are analyzed include: geometry of the envelope, wall and window design, as well as the use of Phase Change Materials (PCMs), photovoltaics and green roofs. EnergyPlus is employed to simulate energy consumption using weather data from Calgary, Alberta (52ºN). Results indicate that an optimal design can be created for a supermarket that can significantly increase the energy performance of these high-energy intensity buildings by 30%. With the optimization of the building envelope design and the addition of smart materials and renewable energy generation, a near net-zero energy building is feasible. 2.0
Pages: 405 - 413