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Building For Office Use (The Efficiency Route) A Case Study
Thu 27 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Building For Office Use (The Overall Efficiency Route) A Detailed Case Study: Presented by Rhoss s.p.a.
An excellent opportunity for CIBSE YEN London to hear from Prof. Stefano Paolo Corgnati from the Energy Department of the University of Turin and Eng. Michele Vio (past president of AiCARR, the Italian equivalent of ASHRAE).
The event will start at 18:30 and drinks and nibbles will be provided with networking taking place afterwards!
Currently, the equivalent of 1.5 times the Earth's sustainable natural resource is consumed each year and the United Nations forecasts that, with current population growth trends, we will use the equivalent of 2 planets per year by 2050. If we do not want to compromise or even exhaust the resources available to future generations, governments and institutions around the world must intervene urgently to bring exploitation back within the level of sustainability imposed by the Earth.
As part of the climate conference held in Paris in 2015 (COP21), it was shown that 78% of global energy consumption and 60% of CO2 emissions are made by towns and urban centres. In this scenario, the construction of energy-efficient buildings plays a fundamental role in reversing the trend of over-exploitation of natural resources.
In both commercial and residential buildings, most of the energy is consumed in achieving comfortable conditions for occupants; broadly, fresh air supply plus cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. The designer's role is even more important when facing the energy challenges of the coming years and the study presented here is primarily an incentive to a systemic and comprehensive approach to the design of HVAC systems. It will consider the benefits of an holistic approach to the choices made for the building itself and the building services: for example, it might seem sensible to hyper-insulate buildings for low heating requirements, but what does this do to the overall building energy consumption when the extra summer cooling requirements and ventilation are taken into account?
This study discusses the best systems for commercial buildings around the world, considering the seasonal ramifications of low, medium and high insulated buildings and most of the various HVAC systems that are popular in the market today.