In order to accurately evaluate the performance gap, it is essential that the testing methods used in research are robust and reliable. With this in mind, Subtask 2 of Annex 58 of the International Energy Agency ‘Energy in Buildings and Communities’ programme has produced a decision tree to support both researchers and industry professionals, with the overall aim of ensuring accurate testing and data handling methods are used. The Decision Tree follows a logical format, determining the context and limitations of the research before suggesting documents to support accurate testing; for example international standards and peer reviewed journals.
The full Decision Tree is presented using Xmind, which is a free mind-mapping tool that can be downloaded from www.xmind.net. Supporting the Decision Tree, there is also a Readme document which details the function and use of the Decision Tree. Both documents can be found on the DYNASTEE website by following this link.
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Twenty-five people have participated to the Summer School 2014 at KU Leuven, Heverlee in Belgium. Most of the participants were PhD students with building physics and engineering background. Six lecturers addressed in 14 presentations, different topics on building physics, mathematics … Continue reading
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Gent, Belgium – Wednesday 16 April 2014
This seminar gave an overview of the current knowledge in the field of energy performance assessment. It aimed also at looking into the future of new applications and answers how to close the gap between calculated and real performance. The seminar was organised by the DYNASTEE platform which is facilitated by INIVE, in the framework of the IEA Annex 58 6th international expert meeting in Gent. The practical organisation was in the hands of University Ghent and BBRI, under the auspices of the Technical Committee Hygrothermics.
Building characterisation by co-heating
A common method to evaluate the thermal performance of a building in situ is the co-heating test. This webinar tries to crystallise the current knowledge on the co-heating test, as applied for assessing the thermal characteristics of the building envelope.
The webinar was organised in the framework of the IEA Annex 58 ‘Reliable building energy performance characterisation based on full scale dynamic measurements’ through the DYNASTEE platform (www.dynastee.info) which is facilitated by INIVE (www.inive.org).
During the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), INIVE-DYNASTEE, EC-JRC-IET and ENEA organized a series of 4 half-day workshops on the theme “High Performance Buildings – Design and Evaluation Methodologies”. A summary report of the outcome of that highly successful event can be downloaded from downloaded from here. All papers and presentation of the successful High Energy Performance Buildings event are now available for download. Follow this link to the EC – JRC website to find them directly for download.
OPEN COMPETITION for the Energy Design of High Performance Buildings
Target group: under-graduate, postdoc, PhD students and researchers level
The objective is to assess for a simplified high performance building (a cube), in a chosen climate and associated building energy regulations, the minimum primary energy consumption and GHG emissions for local boundary conditions by optimising thermal characteristics of the building envelop and the choice of building energy systems. The design freedom is in the building construction composition, the specific thermal parameters, the available energy resources and building system technologies. The full text of the competition can be downloaded from here.
Dynamic Calculation Methods for Building Energy Performance Assessment. The Summer School 2013 took place in Almeria (Spain) at the University of Almeria. The week-long Summer School was devoted to daily lectures by 5 lecturers on building physics and theory of … Continue reading
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