Estimation and validation of energy consumption in UK existing hotel building using dynamic simulation software

Rotimi, Abdulazeez, Bahadori-Jahromi, Ali ORCID:, Mylona, Anastasia, Godfrey, Paulina and Cook, Darren (2017) Estimation and validation of energy consumption in UK existing hotel building using dynamic simulation software. Sustainability, 9 (8).

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Adverse effects of anthropogenic climate change has resulted in mitigation strategies geared towards curbing CO2 emissions. Consequently, this has increased demand for more energy efficient buildings. Considerable amounts of studies have shown the existence of a significant discrepancy between estimated energy consumption by thermal simulation software and actual building operational energy; this is referred to as a 'performance gap'. This work presents a method of improving the energy consumption estimate in an existing non-domestic building via the use of a case study UK hotel (Hilton Reading) and Engineering Development Solutions limited (EDSL) TAS thermal simulation software. The method involves evaluating consumption estimates through plant modelling, and modifying this result by surveying the site to verify the simulation data and including estimates of unaccounted building energy use such as catering services which can be significant in hotels. The energy consumption result for this case study building gives an estimate which is within 12% of the actual building consumption data. The result also demonstrated that such models can produce energy consumption estimates that are up to 23% more accurate than building regulation compliance models and that more accurate simulation consumption estimates can be achieved by accounting for more unregulated energy uses, for example, lifts, servers and small power load.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.3390/su9081391
Additional Information: © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Keywords: hotel building; energy consumption; dynamic simulation; climate change
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Civil and environmental engineering
Construction and engineering > Built environment
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Depositing User: Ali Bahadori-Jahromi
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2018 13:41
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2022 10:21


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