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Proceedings of eSim 2018: 10th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Cost-effective design of net-zero energy and GHG buildings using parametric whole building energy simulations

Jeanie Chan, Andrea Frisque, Randy Irwin, Eric Dunford

Abstract: In recent years, parametric simulations have made great strides forward in whole-building energy simulation. They are now routinely used in new building design. In our work, we have developed a process utilizing parametric simulations for finding cost-effective solutions specifically for energy upgrade projects of existing buildings. The process builds upon the use of parametric simulations to optimize design by adding1) steps specifically for energy upgrade projects, 2) financial analysis, and 3) an interactive parallel coordinates interface to analyze the parametric results. It is designed to provide sufficient data and recommendations to inform decision makers of the best energy efficiency measures (EEMs) to implement. In this paper, we will describe the process and show how it has been applied to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of EEMs for an energy upgrade of a large government building. The building pursues net-zero or net-positive energy performance and strives to become carbon neutral.
Keywords: Parametric simulations, net-zero energy, zero GHG emission, carbon neutral, financial analysis, design process
Pages: 558 - 567