Title: Upgrading the building's energy performance with an advanced ventilated façade system

Authors: Katerina Tsikaloudaki; Theodoros Theodosiou; Dimitra Tsirigoti; Stella Tsoka; Dimitrios Bikas; Asier Martinez-Urrutia; Julen Hernández González

Addresses: Laboratory of Building Construction and building Physics, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 429, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece ' Laboratory of Building Construction and building Physics, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 429, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece ' Laboratory of Building Construction and building Physics, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 429, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece ' Laboratory of Building Construction and building Physics, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 429, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece ' Laboratory of Building Construction and building Physics, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 429, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece ' Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Energy and Environment Division, Area Anardi, 5. Azpeitia E20730, Gipuzkoa, Spain ' Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Energy and Environment Division, Area Anardi, 5. Azpeitia E20730, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Abstract: This paper aims at identifying the energy benefits deriving from the installation of a new technological solution developed for the retrofit of existing buildings within the research project E2VENT. The E2VENT system comprises an advanced ventilated façade, a heat exchanger, a heat storage and a smart management system, and as such it addresses both the heat losses through the building envelope and the poor air quality problems often prevailing in older buildings. The performance of the E2VENT system is assessed for a typical residential multi-family building unit with different thermal insulation levels located in different climates. It is compared to the baseline scenario, assuming that no thermal insulation exists, and also against the conventional renovation scenario of external thermal insulation composite system (ETICS). The results show that the E2VENT system performs better when compared to the conventional ETICS scenario. In all cases the heating loads are significantly reduced, while the cooling loads are also reduced, but at a more moderate rate.

Keywords: ventilated façade; building's energy performance; energy retrofit; existing buildings; thermal insulation.

DOI: 10.1504/WRSTSD.2019.104092

World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 2019 Vol.15 No.4, pp.283 - 299

Received: 05 Apr 2019
Accepted: 08 Apr 2019

Published online: 12 Dec 2019 *

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