EBC Annex 53 Total Energy Use in Buildings: Analysis & Evaluation Methods

 

Status: Completed (2008-2013)

Operating Agent: Prof Hiroshi Yoshino, Department of Architecture and Building Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Aoba 6-6-11-1203, Sendai 980-8579, Japan

Email: yoshino[at]sabine.pln.archi.tohoku.ac.jp

One of the most significant barriers for achieving the goal of substantially improving energy efficiency of buildings is the lack of knowledge about the factors determining the real energy use. There is often a significant discrepancy between the designed and the real total energy use in buildings, in which a complex array of factors play a significant role, including the user / occupant behaviour. The reasons for this discrepancy are generally poorly understood, and often have more to do with the role of human behaviour than the building design.

The ultimate outcome of this project is strengthening the robust prediction of energy usage in buildings, thus enabling the proper assessment of short- and long-term energy measures, policies, technologies. The main objectives were to:

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Develop a new methodology for analysis of building energy use that makes it possible to investigate the effects of the main influencing factors

Demonstrate how these data can be used to provide meaningful indicators of energy performance of buildings (for example expression of energy use for different end uses that are generally applicable among different buildings)
Develop a methodology for performance prediction of energy saving policies and technologies that includes the influence of a number of related factors

Development of methodologies and technologies for long term monitoring of the energy use in buildings

Broaden our knowledge about the six factors directly influencing building energy use, namely:
(a) Climate
(b) Building envelope
(c) Building services and energy systems
(d) Building operation and maintenance
(e) Occupants’ activities and behaviour
(f) Indoor environmental quality

Participants: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, USA
Observer: P.R. China

 

Publications

Factsheet

Project Summary Report
Hiroshi Yoshino and Shuqin Chen, 2016, AECOM Ltd,
United Kingdom Download 

Final Report Annex 53, Total Energy Use in Buildings - Analysis and Evaluation Methods, Hiroshi Yoshino, Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation, 2013 Download

Final Report Annex 53, Volume I Definition of Terms, Mark Levine, Shuqin Chen, Hiroshi Yoshino, Katy Newhouse, Adam Hinge, Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation, 2013 Download

Final Report Annex 53, Volume II  Occupant Behavior and Modeling, Henk Polinder, Marcel Schweiker, Ad van der Aa, Karin Schakib-Ekbatan, Valentina Fabi, Rune Andersen, Naomi Morishita, Chuang Wang, Stefano Corgnati, Per Heiselberg, Da Yan, Bjarne Olesen, Thomas Bednar, Andreas Wagner, Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation, 2013 Download

Final Report Annex 53, Volume III Case Study Buildings, Yi Jiang, Qingpeng Wei, He Xiao, Chuang Wang, Da Yan, Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation, 2013 Download

Final Report Annex 53, Volume IV Data Collection Systems for the Management of Building Energy System, Guangyu Cao, Jorma Pietiläinen, Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation, 2013 Download

Final Report Annex 53, Volume V Statistical Analysis and Prediction Methods, Stefano Corgnati, Thomas Bednar, Yi Jang, Hiroshi Yoshino,Marco Filippi, Stoyan Danov, Natasa Djuric, Marcel Schweiker, Christian Ghiaus, Alfonso Capozzoli, Novella Talà, Valentina Fabi, Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation, 2013 Download

Final Report Annex 53, Volume VI Energy Performance Analysis, Philippe Andre, Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation, 2013 Download