American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Energy Audit of Health Care Facilities: Dynamic Simulation of Energy Performances and Energy-Oriented Refurbishment of System and Equipment for Microclimatic Control

Fabrizio Ascione, Nicola Bianco, Rosa Francesca De Masi, Filippo de Rossi, Claudio De Stasio and Giuseppe Peter Vanoli

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.814.834

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 9, Issue 4

Pages 814-834

Abstract

Topic of the study is the investigation of potentialities of energy simulation for optimizing the building refurbishment, by taking into account impacts of both envelope renovation and HVAC system selection. Energy audit and refurbishment of the Day-Hospital building of a great Italian health care facility are proposed. A meticulous energy diagnosis of the base case building and design of a complete renovation- by improving both building envelope and HVAC systems- are presented. All data and boundary conditions for dynamic energy investigations have been carefully selected, also by means of in-situ studies, in order to provide a reliable model. In particular, several energy efficiency measures, with reference to building envelope and HVAC systems, are analyzed and it will be evidenced that, step-by-step, a proper design, supported by the adoption of numerical studies, may optimize the energy performances of the building, as well as the indoor microclimatic control.

Copyright

© 2016 Fabrizio Ascione, Nicola Bianco, Rosa Francesca De Masi, Filippo de Rossi, Claudio De Stasio and Giuseppe Peter Vanoli. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.