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Facing the growing problem of the electric power consumption in Egyptian residential building using building performance simulation program

Elharidi, Aly Mohamed Aly Hassan and Tuohy, Paul Gerard and Teamah, M. (2013) Facing the growing problem of the electric power consumption in Egyptian residential building using building performance simulation program. In: Building Simulation Cairo 2013 Conference, 2013-06-23 - 2013-06-24.

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Abstract

Egypt has been experiencing recurrent power cuts especially at the summer, with the problem being made worse by the extra demands placed on the electrical grid by the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. Electricity shortages are now a problem in Cairo, Alexandria, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, and Nubia, as well as in the Nile Delta governorates of Beheira and Qalioubiya. The aim of this study is to develop a model for the Egyptian residential building using Building Performance Simulation Program and make sensitivity analysis on some variables effecting the electric power consumption in order to help faceting the growing problem in Egypt. The model was created using the IES-VE 2012 (Integrated Environmental Solution <Virtual Environment>). The simulation model was verified against the survey data for the Egyptian apartment and same model simulated using energy Plus simulation tool. The results of the program describing different situations for energy using profile for the air conditions, lighting and equipments in respect to building layout and construction climate and pattern of use. This model can be used in the future to help in reducing the electric power consumption in the residential building.