Exploring climate-change impacts on energy efficiency and overheating vulnerability of bioclimatic residential buildings under Central European climate
ID Pajek, Luka (Author), ID Košir, Mitja (Author)

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Climate change is expected to expose the locked-in overheating risk concerning bioclimatic buildings adapted to a specific past climate state. The study aims to find energy-efficient building designs which are most resilient to overheating and increased cooling energy demands that will result from ongoing climate change. Therefore, a comprehensive parametric study of various passive building design measures was implemented, simulating the energy use of each combination for a temperate climate of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The approach to overheating vulnerability assessment was devised and applied using the increase in cooling energy demand as a performance indicator. The results showed that a B1 heating energy efficiency class according to the Slovenian Energy Performance Certificate classification was the highest attainable using the selected passive design parameters, while the energy demand for heating is projected to decrease over time. In contrast, the energy use for cooling is in general projected to increase. Furthermore, it was found that, in building models with higher heating energy use, low overheating vulnerability is easier to achieve. However, in models with high heating energy efficiency, very high overheating vulnerability is not expected. Accordingly, buildings should be designed for current heating energy efficiency and low vulnerability to future overheating. The paper shows a novel approach to bioclimatic building design with global warming adaptation integrated into the design process. It delivers recommendations for the energy-efficient, robust bioclimatic design of residential buildings in the Central European context, which are intended to guide designers and policymakers towards a resilient and sustainable built environment.

Keywords:climate change, bioclimatic design, passive design, energy efficiency, overheating, building resilience, robustness
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FGG - Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:17 str.
Numbering:Vol. 13, iss. 12, art. 6791
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-127706 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2071-1050
DOI:10.3390/su13126791 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:67655427 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:21.06.2021
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Keywords:gradbene konstrukcije, gradbena fizika, podnebne spremembe, bioklimatsko načrtovanje, pasivni ukrepi, energijska učinkovitost, pregrevanje, odpornost stavb, robustnost


Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:P2-0158
Name:Gradbene konstrukcije in gradbena fizika

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