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Title: A proposed method for generating high resolution current and future climate data for Passivhaus design
Authors: McLeod, Robert S.
Hopfe, Christina J.
Rezgui, Yacine
Keywords: Climate change scenarios
Climate data
Urban heat islands
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: MCLEOD, R.S., HOPFE, C.J. and REZGUI, Y., 2012. A proposed method for generating high resolution current and future climate data for Passivhaus design. Energy and Buildings, 55, pp.481-493.
Abstract: The sensitivity of low energy and passive solar buildings to their climatic context creates a requirement for accurate local climate data. This situation takes on increasing importance in the context of modelling Passivhaus buildings where the absence of conventional oversized heating and cooling systems implies a greater reliance upon fabric and system optimisation. Conversely, future climatic changes may also pose serious implications for super insulated buildings with inadequate solar shading. Currently, many widely used building performance simulation (BPS) tools still rely on very limited sources of climate data. The following research examines the need for regional and, in some cases, micro-regional climatic data when designing ultra-low energy Passivhaus buildings in the UK. The paper proposes a new methodology for generating this data in PHPP format. The data generated is compared to alternative sources, and the implications discussed in the context of three case studies examining a certified Passivhaus dwelling in a mountainous region of Wales as well as two locations, in close proximity, within London. If correctly implemented the use of such data should provide a more robust basis for future cost and performance optimisation in low energy and passive building design.
Description: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Energy and Buildings. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2012.08.045
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2012.08.045
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14700
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2012.08.045
ISSN: 0378-7788
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)

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