Paper Conference

Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2012: 5th conference of IBPSA USA


Building Envelope Optimazation Method and Application to Three House Types in a Proposed Solar District Energy System

Chris Kirney, Anil Parekh, Keith Paget
CanmetENERGY- Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Sterling Homes, Calgary, AB, Canada

Abstract: A simple cost optimization method was applied to determine the appropriate investment in energy efficiency for houses to be built as part of a large scale solar community planned for construction near Calgary, Alberta. The cost effectiveness of individual house envelope energy efficiency upgrades was determined using energy simulation results and builder contributed costing information. These results then guided the combination of house energy efficiency upgrades. Finally, the incremental costs of these combined upgrades were compared to the estimated incremental cost of providing space heating using the planned solar district heating system to determine the appropriate house energy efficiency upgrades.
Pages: 707 - 714