Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:30
The opening keynote will present an overview of the current status and future opportunities for smart buildings in Europe, in the context of the transition to more sustainable use of energy. In 2017 EASME mapped the activities of projects working on smart buildings and the extent of EU support given under the Horizon 2020 framework programme. The results were presented at the conference Sustainable Places 2017 at Teeside University (UK) and published the same year in a special issue of the peer reviewed journal Buildings.
Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:32
It is estimated that HVAC systems represent the highest energy consumption (approximately half of the total energy consumed) and one of the highest cost, especially in non-residential buildings. Therefore, that energy consumption in related to the cost of the building, the energy consumption and the thermal comfort.
Although the comfort of the users should be a factor to be aware of, it may not be the only one. It is advisable to have a balance between this variable and energy consumption, because of its impact on the environment and climate change.
Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 09:22
Pressure drop due to filters embedded in HVAC systems is one of the energy loss causes in building air conditioning systems, which can become important in large all-air systems with highly demanding filtering needs, such as hospitals, clean rooms, laboratories or pharmaceutical environments.
Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 09:18
Radon gas is a pathological agent confirmed by World Health Organization in terms of increasing the risk of lung cancer generation when it is inhaled by human in high concentration. This gas comes from soils with uranium content (i.e. granite terrain) and penetrates through the building envelope, such, as floors or basement walls. Its accumulation in indoor spaces increases the radon concentration level, constituting a health problem for occupants. This can be handled by rehabilitation actions in buildings that reduce indoor concentration to acceptable levels.
Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:56
Comfort and energy saving are two important concepts treated in current buildings in order to maintain a good air quality reducing the energy consumption. According to International Energy Agency (IEA) buildings represent 32% of total final energy consumption, and the need for reduction of CO2 emission leads to pay attention to the energy demand in buildings. On the other hand maintaining a good-quality environment helps to improve the productivity and effectiveness of workers.
Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 15:08
An office building of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy systems (Fraunhofer ISE) in Freiburg was retrofitted in 2012 with an innovative concept based on technology integration in the façade. Prefabricated window modules integrating air inlets and outlets, façade integrated air ducts and a heat and moisture recovery ventilation device were implemented. A long term monitoring was set up including energy, temperature, CO2 and humidity measurements.
Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:48
The ventilation required in order to maintain acceptable indoor hygiene standards results in a significant consumption of energy. Currently the Spanish regulations on indoor air quality (IAQ) require minimum rates for delivery-to and extraction-from the habitable rooms of residential buildings. These rates are not adjustable, so ventilation systems based on variable ventilation rates, are not normally deemed acceptable unless a comprehensive statement of compliance is provided, justifying the proposed ventilation solution.