International seminar: Real building energy performance assessment

Start/Stop Date:
16 Apr 2014
The DYNASTEE platform, University of Ghent and BBRI
University Congress Centre ‘het Pand’ - Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent - Belgium ‘Het Pand’ is a former Dominican Monastry, situated beside the river Leie in the historic centre of the city of Ghent.
Focus Areas:
Energy performance in buildings,
Type of Event:

The energy performance of a building is essentially determined by the (1) thermal characteristics of the building envelope, (2) installed services and (3) building usage. As the latter is not easily predicted nor controlled, the first two are decisive in achieving the envisaged building energy performance, both for new buildings and renovations.

The theoretical energy use calculated on the basis of building plans and specifications, in order to meet building regulations or specifications by the builder, determines the anticipated performance. It may differ, however, from the actual ‘as-built’ performance in a significant way. The IEA EBC Annex 58-project on ‘ Reliable Building Energy Performance Characterisation Based on Full Scale Dynamic Measurements’ is working on this gap between actual and calculated performance of the building. A consortium of researchers and industries from 15 countries are developing knowledge, tools and networks to achieve reliable in-situ dynamic testing and data analysis methods that can be used to characterise the actual thermal performance and energy efficiency of building components and whole buildings.

This seminar gives an overview of the current knowledge in the field of energy performance assessment. It aims also at looking into the future of new applications and answers how to close the gap between calculated and real performance.

The seminar is open to all professionals interested in the real performance characterisation of buildings.