Simulation-based design optimization of houses with low grid dependency

Zahra Mohammadi, Pieter-Jan Hoes, Jan Hensen

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There is significant growth in the utilization of renewable energy in the built environment. Due to the intermittent nature of most renewable energy sources, energy mismatch problems between on-site generation and demand both in hourly and seasonal levels are unavoidable. This problem is more significant in Northern latitudes, as in summer there is high solar availability despite low or no electricity demand for cooling and in winter the solar availability is low when there is a high demand for heating. In addition, energy-pricing policies are leading to less or no Photovoltaic (PV) feed-in-tariffs in the near future and/or even providing incentives to uphold self-consumption. Therefore, it is important to enhance the energy flexibility potential of a building to improve utilization of on-site generated energy.
In this study, a performance optimization of various residential building designs with differences in energy demand, on-site energy generation and storage sizes is carried out considering future policy scenarios. The objective is to minimize the dependency to the nearby energy grid and maximize the self-consumption. To achieve this, a performance-based design support framework is proposed and demonstrated using a case study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International IBPSA Conference (Building Simulation 2019)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019
EventBuilding Simulation 2019: 16th Conference of IBPSA (BS2019) - largo Angelicum, 1 – 00184 Rome, Rome , Italy
Duration: 2 Sept 20194 Sept 2019


ConferenceBuilding Simulation 2019: 16th Conference of IBPSA (BS2019)
Abbreviated titleBS 2019
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