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
    http://www.nsb2008.org/

    Conference

    Conference8th Symposium on Building Physics in Nordic Countries
    Number8
    Country/TerritoryDenmark
    CityCopenhagen
    Period16/06/200818/06/2008
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    Keywords

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

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