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A feasibility study to evaluate the potential replication of an energy positive house in the UK

Li, Xiaojun, Patterson, Joanne ORCID:, Coma Bassas, Ester and Jones, Phillip ORCID: 2019. A feasibility study to evaluate the potential replication of an energy positive house in the UK. Presented at: Sustainable Built Environment Conference, Cardiff, 24-25 Sept 2019. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. , vol.329 (C1) IOP Publishing, 10.1088/1755-1315/329/1/012049

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This paper presents an evaluation of the economic and technical feasibility of a renewable-led low carbon house in the UK. A holistic systems-based approach to achieve energy positive house has been taken. Long-term economic and technical feasibility analysis have been carried out based on a validated thermal and energy model of the house. The economic analysis employs the Return on Investment (ROI) method and considers changes to government financial support and technology progress over time. Results show that the extra investment on the house, compared with that for building a standard social house of similar size, can be paid back within the system lifespan under both the old Feed-in Tariff and its proposed replacement with reduced financial support. Variants examined in the technical feasibility analysis include housing type, orientation and location. Results show that the house can be replicated to achieve an energy positive performance for all variant combinations. Among the variants, location has the highest impact on building performance including annual electricity import, CO2 emission and electricity self-sufficient ratio, with South UK performing better than North UK. This implies that more efficient or advanced technologies would be needed to achieve similar building or system performance in areas of unfavourable climate. The outcome of the research has demonstrated the affordability of the energy positive house, and the technical feasibility of its replication with different housing types, orientations and locations in the UK. This study supports the wide scale replication of this affordable systems-based approach in domestic building design and construction when incorporating appropriate technologies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: IOP Publishing
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 30 August 2019
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 07:55

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