Thermal comfort in residential buildings with water based heating systems: a tool for selecting appropriate heat emitters when using µ-cogeneration

Leen Peeters, N.J. Kelly, William D'Haeseleer

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Abstract

As a consequence of people becoming more aware of their impact on the environment, there is an increasing demand for low energy buildings. Forced by regulation, building envelopes are improving and heating and cooling systems with higher efficiencies are being installed. The public are willing to embrace these new technologies, as long as they do not affect the quality of their indoor environment. In this paper, an introduction to research on the realisation of the indoor thermal comfort in residential buildings with water based, low-energy heating systems is given. The basis for this work is a more realistic definition of comfort temperatures for residential buildings. Subsequently, appropriate heat emitters to realise that thermal comfort in an efficient way are identified, taking into account the limitations of the production system under consideration. An example of a µ-cogeneration system is presented as a case study.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2008
EventMicro-Cogen 2008, 1st International Conference on Micro-Cogeneration Technologies and Applications - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 29 Apr 20081 May 2008

Conference

ConferenceMicro-Cogen 2008, 1st International Conference on Micro-Cogeneration Technologies and Applications
CityOttawa, Canada
Period29/04/081/05/08

Keywords

  • low-energy building
  • energy efficiency
  • indoor thermal comfort
  • residential building
  • micro-cogeneration

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