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Seabra, Bianca and Pereira, Pedro F. and Corvacho, Helena and Pires, Carla and M. Ramos, Nuno M. Low Energy Renovation of Social Housing: Recommendations on Monitoring and Renewable Energies Use. Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2718.

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Social housing represents a part of the whole building stock with a high risk of energy poverty, and it should be treated as a priority in renovation strategies, due to its potential for improvement and the need to fight that risk. Renovation actions are currently designed based on patterns that have been shown to be disparate from the reality of social housing. Thereby, a monitoring study is essential for the evaluation of the actual conditions. An in-depth characterization of a social housing neighborhood, located in the North of Portugal, was carried out. Indoor hygrothermal conditions were analyzed through a monitoring campaign. It was possible to identify the differences in indoor conditions of the dwellings and understand the influence of occupancy density and occupants’ behavior. In order to identify the actual occupancy and the type of use, a social survey was performed. A renovation action will soon take place, and a monitoring and survey plan is proposed for the post-renovation period, based on a previous evaluation of the renovation impact, using DesignBuilder software and the real occupancy profiles. In social housing context, since energy consumption for heating and cooling is punctual or non-existent, the focus of low energy renovation should be based on passive strategies that reduce the energy demand. The remaining energy needs should be supplied by renewable energy sources, reducing energy poverty, and enhancing quality of life

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social housing; renovation; monitoring plan; building energy simulation; energy-efficiency; thermal comfort
Subjects: English > Monitoring
Depositing User: Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2022 10:33
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2022 11:06

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