Energy and environmental forensic analysis for public buildings.

Oliver Kinnane, Mark Dyer, Tom Grey

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    This paper outlines a forensic method for analysing the energy, environmental and comfort performance of a building. The method has been applied to a recently developed event space in an Irish public building, which was evaluated using on-site field studies, data analysis, building simulation and occupant surveying. The method allows for consideration of both the technological and anthropological aspects of the building in use and for the identification of unsustainable operational practice and emerging problems. The forensic analysis identified energy savings of up to 50%, enabling a more sustainable, lower-energy operational future for the building. The building forensic analysis method presented in this paper is now planned for use in other public and commercial buildings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-156
    Number of pages13
    JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


    • Energy efficiency
    • Sustainability
    • Architecture
    • post occupancy evaluation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Architecture
    • Building and Construction


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