Performance monitoring of energy efficient retrofits – 4 case study properties in Northern Ireland

T. E. McGrath, S. V. Nanukuttan, D. Soban, P.A.M. Basheer, S. Brown

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Abstract

Approximately half of the houses in Northern Ireland were built before any form of minimum thermal specification (U-value) or energy efficiency standard were available. At present, 44% of households are categorised as being in fuel poverty; spending more than 10% of the household income to heat the house to an acceptable level. This paper presents the results from long term performance monitoring of 4 case study houses that have undergone retrofits to improve energy efficiency in Northern Ireland. There is some uncertainty associated with some of the marketed retrofit measures in terms of their effectiveness in reducing energy usage and their potential to cause detrimental impacts on the internal environment of a house. Using wireless sensor technology internal conditions such as temperature and humidity were measured alongside gas and electricity usage for a year. External weather conditions were also monitored. The paper considers the effectiveness of the different retrofit measures implemented based on the long term data monitoring and short term building performance evaluation tests that were completed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SB16 Conference- Europe and the Mediterranean Towards a Sustainable Built Environment
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2016
EventSBE16 International Conference - Europe and the Mediterranean Towards a Sustainable Built Environment - Malta, Malta
Duration: 16 Mar 201618 Mar 2016
http://www.sbe16malta.org/ (Link to the event details online)

Conference

ConferenceSBE16 International Conference - Europe and the Mediterranean Towards a Sustainable Built Environment
Abbreviated titleSBE16
Country/TerritoryMalta
Period16/03/201618/03/2016
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