Impact of adding comfort cooling systems on the energy consumption and EPC rating of an existing UK hotel

Amirkhani, Shiva, Bahadori-Jahromi, Ali ORCID:, Mylona, Anastasia, Godfrey, Paulina and Cook, Darren (2020) Impact of adding comfort cooling systems on the energy consumption and EPC rating of an existing UK hotel. Sustainability, 12 (7). p. 2950.

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Abstract: In light of the recent launch of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard and its expected impact on the commercial buildings sector, this study investigated the impact of adding cooling systems on the annual energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of an existing UK hotel. Thermal Analysis Software (TAS) was used to conduct the study, and the baseline model was validated against the actual data. As is the current accepted procedure in EPC generating in the UK, the cooling set points of the guest rooms were set to 25 °C, resulting in a small increase in the annual energy consumption and emission rates, but not enough to change the energy performance certificate rating. Also, it was found that an improvement in energy consumption and energy performance certificate rating of the hotel would be achieved if the new systems replaced the existing heating systems in the guest rooms. Further simulations investigated more realistic situations, in which occupants may decide to keep their rooms at cooler temperatures. The results from this round of simulations showed considerable increase in the energy consumption and emissions of the building; however, these results would not be considered in the current approved procedure for EPC generating.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.3390/su12072950
Keywords: MEES; EPC rating; hotels; cooling systems; cooling set points; CO2 emissions; Energy Performance Certificates
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Civil and environmental engineering
Construction and engineering > Built environment
Construction and engineering
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Depositing User: Ali Bahadori-Jahromi
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 16:03
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:02


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