The selection of a thermal comfort model has a major impact on energy consumption of Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) in hot climates. The objective of this paper is to compare the influence of using different comfort models for zero energy buildings in hot climates. The paper compares the impact of applying Givoni’s model, ASHRAE 55 adaptive comfort standard, EN 15251 adaptive comfort standard and EN ISO 7730 on energy consumption and comfort. Using ZEBO and EnergyPlus for energy simulation, an existing prototype of a residential apartment module will be used to evaluate energy performance and thermal comfort in two parametric series. The first one is the result of coupling natural ventilation and mechanical cooling and the second one is guided coupling natural ventilation, mechanical cooling and ceiling fans. Results show a significant difference of cooling loads and total energy generation for the compared comfort models. However, the study remains theoretical and requires post occupancy evaluation for a better reliability of the results.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates, February 24 - 26, Doha, Qatar|
|Publisher||American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||1st International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates, February 24-26, 2014, Doha, Qatar. - Doha, Qatar|
Duration: 24 Feb 2014 → 26 Feb 2014
|Conference||1st International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates, February 24-26, 2014, Doha, Qatar.|
|Period||24/02/14 → 26/02/14|