Title: Analysis of buildings' energy consumption by means of exergy method

Authors: Lamberto Tronchin, Kristian Fabbri

Addresses: DIENCA-CIARM, University of Bologna, viale Risorgimento 2 I-40136 Bologna, Italy. ' Faculty of Architecture, University of Bologna, via Cavalcavia 55 I-47023 Cesena, Italy

Abstract: Among the objectives of the Directive 2002/91/EC and of the Council ||Energy performance of buildings||, Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) the energy certification of buildings represents a fundamental role. The method here described starts from the LowEX tool, previously developed in the IEA ECBCS Annex 37 framework. By using the exergy approach, new (non-economic) indices could be utilised, as Tonne of Oil Equivalent (TOE), CO2 emission, or not-renewable energy uses. The ratio between TOE produced by the boiler and the exergy used by the system represents the exergy parameter.

Keywords: wrapper energy; exergy analysis; energy typology architecture; comfort; energy performance; buildings; energy consumption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2008.020828

International Journal of Exergy, 2008 Vol.5 No.5/6, pp.605 - 625

Published online: 17 Oct 2008 *

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