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Lifecycle environmental and economic performance of nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB) in Ireland
Goggins, Jamie; Moran, Paul; Armstrong, Alan; Hajdukiewicz, Magdalena
Directives in the European Union are ensuring that buildings in this region are moving towards nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB). For countries like Ireland, which has a temperate oceanic climate, a key to achieving NZEB is to have high thermal and air tightness performances of the building envelope. Consequently, as the operational energy of the building reduces, the embodied energy (and embodied global warming potential) typically increases as a proportion of the lifecycle energy of the building due to increased embodied energy of the building envelope and the lower operational energy. In order to assess if a design strategy is in fact sustainable, it is becoming essential to evaluate environmental and economic LCA of building design strategies. This paper presents the outcomes of a number of case study buildings in Ireland, which focuses on the full environmental and economic lifecycle assessment of buildings to assess the impact changes in building regulations are having on the contribution of both the construction and operation of a building's lifecycle as they move towards NZEB standards. If designed with a focus on achieving a high thermal and air tightness, a building with an embodied energy intensity less than a building that achieves compliance with 2011 Irish building energy performance regulations can achieve a NZEB standard. The first author would like to acknowledge the support of Science Foundation Ireland through the Career Development Award programme (Grant No. 13/CDA/2200), as well as the Irish Research Council through a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship granted to the third author. The authors would also like to acknowledge the funding received from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 637221 for the Built2Spec project.
Keyword(s): Nearly zero energy buildings; Life-cycle energy; Life cycle global warming potential gas emissions; Life cycle cost; Embodied energy; Embodied global warming potential; Energy performance; Renewable Energy
Publication Date:
2019
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Science Foundation Ireland; Irish Research Council; Horizon 2020
Institution: NUI Galway
Publisher(s): Elsevier
File Format(s): application/pdf
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