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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2006: 2nd conference of IBPSA-USA


A Scenario Analysis of Retrofit Strategies for Reducing Energy Consumption in Norwegian Office Buildings

Lisa A. Engblom, Leon R. Glicksman, Leslie K. Norford
Building Technology Program, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139

Abstract: Buildings in Norway account for more than a third of national energy consumption and demand-side management has significant savings potential. Due to the long lifetimes of existing buildings, retrofits rather than efficient new construction are the best way to significantly affect national energy consumption on a short time scale. A steady-state computer model was written to predict annual energy consumption of model buildings that represent typical office buildings in Norway. The program was then used to predict the new energy consumption after applying retrofit strategies. Reductions in energy consumption of up to 45% were possible by simply changing the control settings. Reductions of up to 80% were possible through complete renovation.
Pages: 82 - 90