Analysis of energy demand in residential buildings for different climates by means of dynamic simulation

Vincenzo Bianco*, Mattia De Rosa, Federico Scarpa, Luca A. Tagliafico

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The aim of the present paper is to propose an analysis of energy consumption of a standard building in different climates. The analysis is developed by simulating the dynamic behaviour of the building subjected to different climatic conditions according to the considered location. Simulations are performed by means of an in-house developed code, validated by comparison with the outcomes from leading software, particularly TRNSYS and EnergyPlus. The use of a self-developed code guarantees a high flexibility and allows the implementation of new capabilities if necessary. The impact on the energy consumption of various parameters, namely internal and external wall insulation, window surface areas, thermal capacity and orientation, is investigated. Results show that the insulation of external walls has a fundamental role in reducing energy consumption, because it allows to exploit the thermal capacity of the walls. This is particularly useful for buildings which necessitate to keep the internal temperature constant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-120
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Ambient Energy
Issue number2
Early online date06 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • building dynamic simulation
  • energy consumption
  • energy efficiency
  • energy modelling
  • space heating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Building and Construction

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