No 4 (2016)

Predicting energy consumption and savings in the housing stock

Buildings are one of the key target sectors for energy and CO2 reduction. Policy efforts in the past decades have resulted in technical improvements of the dwelling stock, but despite that, the energy consumption in the residential sector has not yet experienced a dramatic reduction necessary to achieve the set targets. In order to reduce the consumption of the dwelling stock, the European Commission implemented The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which requires the member states to establish certification schemes for existing buildings. The Netherlands implemented energy labelling in 2008 and based the calculation of dwellings theoretical energy performance on a steady state method. This issue of A+BE shines a light onto how well the theoretical consumption predicts the actual energy use and what the causes of discrepancies are, especially with regard to occupant behaviour.

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PhD thesis

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