To understand the real building energy consumption, and to identify the best energy improvements (due to energy refurbishment and/or HVAC replacement), the energy audit is recommended, but it generally entails the realization of an energy model of the building itself. The main issue of this approach is the collection of data, needed to verify the reliability of the energy audit results. Currently, to validate buildings energy model retrieved by hourly semi-stationary software, is it possible to refer to: (i) bills related to energy carrier (i.e. natural gas and/or electricity); (ii) monitored indoor parameters. The aim of the paper is to understand which of the two is more suitable for the purpose. In this work, the two options are investigated considering, as case study, a family house located in central Italy, whose envelope thermophysical properties and HVAC systems are known, and whose bills and indoor environmental conditions (air temperature and relative humidity) were archived since December 2019. Results from the two validation methods are very close to each other; particularly, results show that energy audit performed with indoor environmental parameters better fits the real consumption, but it entails more complex validation procedure.

Approaching the validation of building energy models: billing vs indoor environmental data

Palladino, Domenico
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Nardi, Iole
Writing – Review & Editing
2020

Abstract

To understand the real building energy consumption, and to identify the best energy improvements (due to energy refurbishment and/or HVAC replacement), the energy audit is recommended, but it generally entails the realization of an energy model of the building itself. The main issue of this approach is the collection of data, needed to verify the reliability of the energy audit results. Currently, to validate buildings energy model retrieved by hourly semi-stationary software, is it possible to refer to: (i) bills related to energy carrier (i.e. natural gas and/or electricity); (ii) monitored indoor parameters. The aim of the paper is to understand which of the two is more suitable for the purpose. In this work, the two options are investigated considering, as case study, a family house located in central Italy, whose envelope thermophysical properties and HVAC systems are known, and whose bills and indoor environmental conditions (air temperature and relative humidity) were archived since December 2019. Results from the two validation methods are very close to each other; particularly, results show that energy audit performed with indoor environmental parameters better fits the real consumption, but it entails more complex validation procedure.
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