Method for integrated design of low energy buildings with high quality indoor environment

Steffen Petersen

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Abstract

Energy performance and indoor environment have due to new increased regulatory demands become decisive design parameters in the building design process. In order to comply with the increased regulatory demands, we present an integrated design method which argues that the design of buildings must start on room level rather than total building level. The proposed method starts with the establishment of design goals, including goals regarding energy performance and indoor environment, followed by a building physical analysis of performance-decisive parameters. This analysis is used to establish a space of solutions from which the designer can obtain an overview of the consequences of their design decisions in terms of energy performance and indoor environment. Based on the space of solutions the designer can set up possible room designs which fulfil the design goals prior to the total building form giving. The possible room designs can be combined in to a number of overall building designs from which the best performing proposal can be selected and optimised. In this way the final building design will have an energy performance and indoor environment inherited from the room designs, thus fulfilling design goals in terms of energy performance and indoor environment. The method has been tested and evaluated in courses in integrated design at the Technical University of Denmark. Based on the experiences gained through these tests, the proposed method has been adjusted and refined in order to become the preferred method for integrated design of low energy buildings with high quality indoor environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th symposium of building physics in the nordic countries
Number of pages1062
VolumeVolume 2
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherDanish Society of Engineers, IDA
Publication date2008
Edition1
Pages597-604
ISBN (Print)9788778772657
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event8th Symposium on Building Physics in Nordic Countries - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 16 Jun 200818 Jun 2008
Conference number: 8
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Conference

Conference8th Symposium on Building Physics in Nordic Countries
Number8
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period16/06/200818/06/2008
Internet address

Keywords

  • Design methods, integrated design, performance evaluation, space of solutions

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Petersen, S. (2008). Method for integrated design of low energy buildings with high quality indoor environment. In Proceedings of the 8th symposium of building physics in the nordic countries (1 ed., Vol. Volume 2, pp. 597-604). Danish Society of Engineers, IDA.