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See detailEnergy consumption of non-retrofitted institutional building stock inLuxembourg and the potential for a cost-efficient retrofit
Hoos, Thorsten UL; Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Energy and Buildings (2016), 123(2016), 162-168

The public building stock of a country, consisting of schools, offices, accommodation facilities, single-and multi-family homes, accounts for a high consumption of electrical and heat energy. Therefore ... [more ▼]

The public building stock of a country, consisting of schools, offices, accommodation facilities, single-and multi-family homes, accounts for a high consumption of electrical and heat energy. Therefore, thisstock is often subject to actions with the goal of lowering this energy usage by increasing the efficiencyof those buildings. This is usually done by applying measures to the building envelope like insulationand/or new windows and by using a more efficient HVAC technology. But often, in the initial state, thecurrent energy consumption of such a stock is unknown or only known for single buildings. In this case,the calculation of energy and cost savings is either impossible or not exact. This paper shows a way toquantify and categorize the end-energy for heat use of the public building stock in Luxembourg, whichconsists of a gross area of 1.744 million m2. This analysis was carried out in cooperation with the nationaladministration of public buildings.A certain amount of sample buildings was analyzed and then separated into three groups of low,normal and high end-energy use. The boundaries of these groups were chosen according to literaturevalues, derived from European retrofit projects, which also served as the source for possible renovationcosts. This data was extrapolated to the whole stock. This information serves as a basis for future decisionsconcerning the retrofit of those buildings and makes a calculation of costs possible.As a result, the type of buildings with the highest potential for retrofit measures was identified. Schools,offices and accommodation facilities with a “high” consumption of more than 190 kWh/(m2a) show thehighest economic potential with retrofit costs of 0.04–0.08 D /kWh if their energy consumption is loweredto values of around 90–100 kWh. Other groups of buildings show higher costs of around 0.07–0.19 D /kWh. [less ▲]

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See detailField tests of centralized and decentralized ventilation units inresidential buildings – Specific fan power, heat recovery efficiency,shortcuts and volume flow unbalances
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Energy and Buildings (2016), 116(2016), 376-383

tThe energy efficient operation of mechanical ventilation systems depends on various parameters. InLuxembourg, field tests with 20 centralized and 60 decentralized mechanical ventilation systems insingle ... [more ▼]

tThe energy efficient operation of mechanical ventilation systems depends on various parameters. InLuxembourg, field tests with 20 centralized and 60 decentralized mechanical ventilation systems insingle- and multi-family homes were conducted in order to measure the actual performance of thosesystems in occupied buildings. The considered parameters were: Main air flows, internal and externalrecirculation, sensitivity to differential pressure, specific fan power and heat recovery efficiency. In manycases, the performance of the ventilation units was lower than expected. The systems showed deviationsbetween supply and exhaust flows of up to 60%. In particular, the air flow in decentralized units wasstrongly influenced by pressure differences between the inside and outside due to wind or stack effectswhich leads to a decreased heat recovery efficiency. The total mean recirculation ratio was 6.5%, with astandard deviation of 12.5% for centralized and 13 ± 6.2% for decentralized devices. As a consequence,the delivered flow of fresh air is smaller by the amount of recirculation. The specific fan power, theratio between air flow and power consumption, was measured with 0.475 ± 0.37 Wh/m3for centralizedand 0.22 ± 0.023 Wh/m3for decentralized systems. The lower value for the decentralized systems canbe explained by lower pressure losses due to the lack of ductwork. The heat recovery efficiency was0.65 ± 0.24 for centralized systems and 0.7 ± 0.17 for decentralized systems which is significantly lowerthan nominal values provided by the manufacturers. The results of this study show that the overall energyefficiency of ventilation devices installed in residential buildings under real working conditions are oftenlower than expected. These findings could possibly serve as indicators for future research & developmentat manufacturer and commissioning level. [less ▲]

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See detailMesstechnische Ermittlung der U-Werte von Altbaufassaden im Vergleich mit Typologiewerten für den Gebäudebestand
Hoos, Thorsten UL; Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Bauphysik (2015)

Die Wirtschaftlichkeit von Renovierungsvorhaben an Altbauten hängt im Wesentlichen von der erwarteten Wertsteigerung, der Miethöhe und den zu erreichenden Energieeinsparungen ab. Um diese Einsparungen zu ... [more ▼]

Die Wirtschaftlichkeit von Renovierungsvorhaben an Altbauten hängt im Wesentlichen von der erwarteten Wertsteigerung, der Miethöhe und den zu erreichenden Energieeinsparungen ab. Um diese Einsparungen zu berechnen, wird ein rechnerischer Vergleich zwischen dem aktuellen Verbrauch und dem Verbrauch nach der Sanierung angestrebt. Zahlreiche Studien zeigen auf, dass der rechnerische Energiebedarf von Gebäuden häufig von dem tatsächlichen Verbrauch abweicht. Dies gilt vor allem für vor 1970 errichtete Altbauten. Ein wichtiger Eingangsparameter der Berechnungsmethodik sind die U-Werte der Aussenwände, welche typischerweise vom Energieexperten vor Ort aus Typologien des Gesetzgebers für die jeweilige Wandkonstruktion ausgewählt werden. In dieser Veröffentlichung werden Mess- und Simulationsergebnisse von verschiedenen Wandtypen präsentiert. Die ermittelten Werte lagen zwischen 0.9 und 1,2 W/(m2K) und somit deutlich unter den in Luxemburg angenommenen Typologiewerten von 1,4 bis 2,1 W/(m2K). Die beschriebenen Abweichungen zwischen Energiebedarfsberechnung und tatsächlichem Energieverbrauch können somit zum Teil auf fehlerhafte Annahmen des ausstellenden Experten vor Ort zurückgeführt werden, welche sich an Typologiewerten orientieren. [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary energy used in centralized and decentralized ventilation systems measured in field tests in residential buildings
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Proceedings of the 26th AIVC Conference, Effective Ventilation in high performance buildings (2015, September)

Ventilation systems can save heat energy by using heat recovery, but consume electrical energy to power the fans. In practice, the energy efficiency of those systems can be lower than expected, when ... [more ▼]

Ventilation systems can save heat energy by using heat recovery, but consume electrical energy to power the fans. In practice, the energy efficiency of those systems can be lower than expected, when compared to the nominal values provided by the manufacturer. In this paper, results of a comprehensive field tests with 20 centralized and 60 decentralized ventilation systems for residential buildings and the calculation of the primary energy savings of those devices are presented. Factors like volume flow unbalances, shortcuts, temperature change rates and specific fan power have been addressed by tracer gas technology and other means and been used as input factors to calculate the primary energy balance of those devices. Every system showed positive primary energy savings. The mean value for centralized systems was 2.92 Wh/m3 with a high standard deviation of 2.23 Wh/m3, while the decentralized systems showed higher savings of around 4.75 Wh/m3 with a standard deviation of 0.01 to 0.15 Wh/m3. In general, the calculated savings in field tests were significantly lower compared to the case of using nominal values as input parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailA semi-centralized, valveless and demand controlled ventilation system in comparison to other concepts in field tests
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Building & Environment (2015), 93(21-26),

The idea of adapting the air supply rate to the actual demand in a building is not a new one. In commercial buildings it is already state-of-the-art to establish a demand controlled ventilation, where the ... [more ▼]

The idea of adapting the air supply rate to the actual demand in a building is not a new one. In commercial buildings it is already state-of-the-art to establish a demand controlled ventilation, where the level of air ow is based on sensors or time control. In residential buildings however, mechanical ventilation systems, whether centralized or decentralized, are in most cases operated in a constant modus, providing fresh air regardless if the fresh air is needed or not, even though the technology and the components needed for demand controlled ventilation exist and can be purchased at reasonable prices. In this article, results of eld tests with a semi-centralized demand feedback-controlled ventilation system are shown and compared to outcomes with other demand controlled systems. The semi-centralized prototype includes decentralized fans per ventilation zone, making a room-wise ventilation possible and valves to balance the system hydraulically unnecessary. It is shown that each presented concept of demand controlled ventilation can save energy by decreasing the operational time or the mean airflow rate without compromising air quality. Concepts which make a zone- or even a room-wise control of air ow possible, showed the highest energy saving potential of up to two-thirds compared to a system operating at constant flow rates. In addition to the energy savings due to decreased operational time, the maintenance and lter costs are decreased while the user comfort is increased, as natural ventilation in spring, summer and autumn may easily be added when delta T between inside and outside is small. [less ▲]

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See detailWie genau sind unsere Energiepässe?
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Hoos, Thorsten UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Bauphysik (2014), 1(2014), 40-43

Member States of the European Union are obliged to present a calculation method and certificate for the energy performance for buildings according to the guidelines 2002/91/EG und 2010/31/EU. In ... [more ▼]

Member States of the European Union are obliged to present a calculation method and certificate for the energy performance for buildings according to the guidelines 2002/91/EG und 2010/31/EU. In Luxembourg it is obligatory to add the real final energy consumption to the certificate after 3 years. The measured real final energy consumptions and the calculated ones were compared for 125 single-family homes and 105 multi-family homes with 870 dwellings in total. The mean calculated values for single-family homes were 74 % higher, the mean calculated values for multi-family homes 103 % higher than the actual measured data. The older the buildings, the higher the deviations, as the input parameters, which were partly assumed and partly predefined, diverge between calculations and reality. Sensitive parameters of interest are the indoor room temperature, the U-values, the used assessment for thermal bridges and the air exchange rate. [less ▲]

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See detailVOLUME FLOW UNBALANCES AND SHORTCUTS IN DECENTRALIZED AND CENTRALIZED VENTILATION UNITS – FIELD TESTS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

Scientific Conference (2014)

Centralized and decentralized mechanical ventilation have become state-of-the-art in modern energy-efficient residential buildings. Calculations for the energy demand of buildings are done with nominal ... [more ▼]

Centralized and decentralized mechanical ventilation have become state-of-the-art in modern energy-efficient residential buildings. Calculations for the energy demand of buildings are done with nominal values of the ventilation units, assuming a proper function of the devices. The used ventilation concepts may be divided into two main categories- centralized and decentralized units and both come with advantages and disadvantages in terms of energy efficiency. In Luxembourg, a comprehensive field test has been performed in order to evaluate and compare their performance in practice. It could be shown that ventilation systems often do not meet the expectations. High unbalances in volume flows, high sensitivity to pressure differences and recirculation were measured in several cases. Only a proper installation and balancing of the systems can ensure an energy efficient function. [less ▲]

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