The impact of baseline wall U-value on energy performance of solid wall insulation

Seifhashemi, M, Elkadi, HA ORCID: and Fitton, R ORCID: 2020, The impact of baseline wall U-value on energy performance of solid wall insulation , in: 5th Building Simulation and Optimization 2020 Conference, 21-22 September 2020, Virtual.

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Solid wall dwellings are in high energy demand and need to be treated by energy retrofit measures such as internal wall insulation (IWI). U-value is the key parameter for energy saving evaluations. There are uncertainties about the U-values of solid wall properties in literature which has led to under/over estimation of IWI performance. So, this paper investigates the energy performance of IWI pre and post insulation for Salford Energy House (SEH), the replica of a pre-1919 Victorian solid wall terraced house. IES-VE was used to develop a model for SEH and the model was validated against the collected experimental data. The base line solid wall U-values were changed between 0.64-2.48 W/m²K to assess the benefits of insulation for different solid walls. The results showed that annual heating energy saving varies significantly depending on the base line wall U-values ranging from 19% to 46.2%. The cost saving potentials as a result of energy saving varied by £228 per year between the cases with lowest and highest base line wall U-values. Furthermore, thermal comfort (18°C<T<=23°C) was improved and annual reduction of 1248 kg CO2e was achieved. Overheating was not significant for the case study using Manchester weather data since a small increase in %hours in which the temperature was above 23°C was observed after insulation. The result of this paper contributes towards better understanding of energy saving potentials of IWI within the UK and provides a more realistic picture of the IWI benefits for policymakers and relevant stakeholders.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 5th IBPSA-England Conference on Building Simulation and Optimization (Virtual), Loughborough, UK: 21-22 September 2020
Publisher: International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) England
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Depositing User: SM Seifhashemi
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 14:22
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 06:35

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