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Overheating risk barriers to energy renovations of single family houses: Multicriteria analysis and assessment

Theofanis Ch. Psomas, Per Kvols Heiselberg, Karsten Duer, Eirik Bjørn, 2016
energy efficiency | insulation | retrofit | renovation | Adaptive thermal comfort | Overheating index | Comfort assessment | residential building | single family house
Bibliographic info: Energy and Buildings, 117(April), 138–148
Languages: English Pages (count): 10

Many post-occupancy comfort studies of energy renovated residential buildings have documented elevated temperatures above comfort levels, not only during the summer period but also during the shoulder months. The main focus in renovation projects is on heat savings while the risk of overheating is not considered.


This paper analyze in which situations overheating and cooling need to be addressed in building energy renovation projects and which renovation measures are causing this need. The analysis contains four reference single family houses from central and northern Europe. Both dynamic and static methods were used to assess the overheating risk.


In terms of overheating occurrences, the most critical renovation measures are the insulation of the floor and the increase of the airtightness. The contribution of decreasing the g value of the window glazing is positive. The way to energy efficiency improvements also results in an extension of the overheating period and higher average and maximum building temperatures. The increase of the ventilation rates and the use of shading systems are useful measures for preventing overheating increase. The paper will highlight the inconsistencies which arise from the use of different criteria and also propose suggestions for future work.


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