State-of-the-art Review : Vol. 1. State-of-the-art Report: NNEX 44 : Integrating Environmentally Responsive Elements in Buildings

Øyvind Aschehoug (Editor), Inger Andresen (Editor), Inger Andresen, Fariborz Haghighat, Per Heiselberg, Yuguo Li, Bjarne W. Olesen, Marco Perino, Paolo Principi, Fernanda Marques da Silva, Ryuichiro Yoshie, Jian Zhang

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Abstract

Energy use for room heating, cooling and ventilation accounts for more than one third of the total, primary energy demand in the industrialised countries, and is in this way a major polluter of the environment. To successfully achieve the targets set out in the Kyoto protocols it is necessary to identify innovative energy technologies and solutions for the medium and long term which facilitates the implementation and integration of low carbon technologies, such as renewable energy devices, within the built environment. Deployment of low carbon technologies still faces major barriers in the built environment especially in relation to costs, building logistics, technological challenges, lack of understanding and knowledge and absence of requisite skills. Research into building energy efficiency over the last decades has focused on efficiency improvements of specific building elements like the building envelope, including its walls, roofs and fenestration components (windows, daylighting, ventilation, etc.) and building equipment such as heating, ventilation, cooling equipment and lighting. Significant improvement have been made, and most building elements still offer opportunities for efficiency improvements.

This report gives a summary of the information gathered in the state-of-the-art stage of the IEA-project. The full information reports for responsive building elements and integrated building concepts are also available at the project website.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherDepartment of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University
Volume1
Number of pages92
Publication statusPublished - 2008
SeriesDCE Technical reports
Number48
Volume1

Bibliographical note

Annex 44 Website: www.civil.aau.dk/Annex44

Keywords

  • Energy
  • Pollution
  • Building Energy Efficiency
  • Responsive Building Systems
  • Energy Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Building Environment

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