Evaluating the impact of conservatory as a passive solar design on energy performance and internal temperatures of UK detached houses

Amoako-Attah, Joseph ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2353-4131 and Bahadori-Jahromi, Ali ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0405-7146 (2014) Evaluating the impact of conservatory as a passive solar design on energy performance and internal temperatures of UK detached houses. In: 14th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR 2014), 16-18 Nov 2014, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

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The prime goal of professionals in the built environment is to develop cost effective sustainable buildings which contribute to the attainment of climate change mitigation goals, facilitate the achievement of indoor thermal comfort and reduction of building energy demand. This work focuses on the viability of passive solar design strategies of UK conservatories and shows that passive solar energy utilization in building design can contribute to the reduction of dwelling energy consumption and enhancement of indoor thermal comfort. Synergetic passive design strategies that seek to optimize solar energy gains through thermal simulation analysis of design criteria of varying future climatic conditions, variable occupant behaviour, building orientation, adequate provision of thermal mass, advance glazing, appropriate ventilation and sufficient level of shading which influence the potential thermal performance of conservatory is performed. The balance energy benefits of reduction of energy consumption through the application of these principles of passive solar design for space heating in winter and the challenge of reducing excessive solar gains in summer is analysed using the CIBSE adaptive thermal comfort criteria and statistical methods of the data collected from the thermal simulation. The results show that the judicious integrated of the passive solar design strategies in conservatories with increasing conservatory size in elongated south facing orientation with an aspect ratio of at least 1.67 could progressively decrease annual energy consumption, building emission rate and annual gas consumption when the conservatory is neither heated nor air-conditioned.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 9780992716110
Page Range: pp. 215-225
Keywords: passive solar design, conservatory, energy consumption, thermal comfort, sustainability
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Built environment
Construction and engineering > Civil and structural engineering
Depositing User: Ali Bahadori-Jahromi
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 15:56
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:05
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1051

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