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Monitoring and modelling the first passivehouse in Scotland

Murphy, Gavin Bruce and Tuohy, Paul Gerard (2013) Monitoring and modelling the first passivehouse in Scotland. In: 13th Building Simulation Conference, BS2013, 2013-08-25 - 2013-08-28.

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Abstract

The drive to reduce carbon emissions and energy utilisation directly associated with dwellings suggests that the energy efficiency of dwellings will have an increasingly prioritised role in the built environment. Created by the Passive House Institute, Passive House is a low energy buildng. Passive Houses have been built in many parts of the world; with the first Passive house in Scotland completed recently. Monitoring and modelling advances in building design and technology can be useful to improve future constructions and technology applications. This paper describes the monitoring and modelling of a Passive House in Dunoon, Scotland. Monitoring results suggest the the Passive House approach is applicable in a Scottish climate and could be valuable to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency in dwellings. Modelling results suggest that simulation can be used to influence the design process; especially in low energy buildings as dynamic simulation can offer a quicker and cheaper alternative to experimental field trials.