Performance Assessment and Post Occupancy Evaluation of Low-Energy Retrofit of Public Buildings: Case Study of Coventry University Living Lab

Abdullahi Ahmed

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REtrofitting Solutions and Services for the enhancement of Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings (RESSEEPE) is an EU funded project that focuses on the refurbishment of existing public buildings in three European cities: Coventry (UK), Barcelona (SP) and Skelleftea (SW). Aims of the project:  Bring together design and decision making tools and innovative building fabric manufacturers to collaborate and improve building performance through low energy retrofitting  Set up a diagnosis methodology for an integrated renovation of public buildings at building and district level (Replicability of the solutions)  Development of a systemic view for selection of the most empowering retrofitting mix: low energy renovation of existing public districts.  Adapt, demonstrate and validate the technologies in different demo-sites In figures:  Around 50% energy savings will be achieved on different types of sites;  Energy consumption reduction of 66 kWh / m 2 year  CO2 emissions reduced to 48,15 kg / m 2 year  A rehabilitation cost under 19% of investment costs associated with new construction of an equivalent building 2.0 Decision Making and Technology Selection Process The presentation describes the methodology followed for decision-making, building selection and process of selection and installation of prototype low-energy technologies for building retrofit of Coventry University buildings demo-site (Figure 1). The process is designed to ensure that the technologies selected will meet the objectives of the project in terms of achieving 50% of energy reduction within a specified budget. The core idea is to select and test some advanced technologies already in the market and others developed specifically within the RESSEEPE project, in order to evaluate the potential benefits of these technologies. The technology selection for application in demo-site buildings is dependent on the specific need of the demo-site, both in terms of its climate, building performance challenges, cost, response to user comfort and potential replicability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2017
EditorsTim Dwyer
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2017
EventCIBSE Technical Symposium - Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Apr 20176 Apr 2017


ConferenceCIBSE Technical Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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