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Economic viability of energy-efficiency measures in educational buildings in Finland

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-127
Number of pages8
JournalADVANCES IN BUILDING ENERGY RESEARCH
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

The economic viability of novel energy-efficient design concepts has been evaluated in Finnish educational buildings. The total energy consumption of representative target buildings with each design concept has been found using the whole-building simulation tool IDA Indoor Climate and Energy 4.0, and the financial viability has been assessed using the discounted payback period method. Different thermal insulation and air tightness properties of the building envelope, and different ventilation's heat recovery efficiency assumptions and heat distribution options have been investigated. The results suggest that a prudent attitude should be taken toward the investments in ultra-low-energy designs. Total energy-saving potential of 25-32% can be obtained. The payback periods varied from 15 to more than 40 years. The results can be generalized in cold climates and techno-economic conditions similar to Finland.

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Keywords

  • economic analysis, energy efficiency, life-cycle cost, schools