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

Fabrizio Ascione1, Nicola Bianco1, Rosa Francesca De Masi2, Filippo de Rossi2, Claudio De Stasio1 and Giuseppe Peter Vanoli2
  • 1 Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
  • 2 Università degli Studi del Sannio, Italy
American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 9 No. 4, 2016, 814-834

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2016.814.834

Submitted On: 25 November 2015 Published On: 20 January 2016

How to Cite: Ascione, F., Bianco, N., Masi, R. F. D., Rossi, F. D., Stasio, C. D. & Vanoli, G. P. (2016). Energy Audit of Health Care Facilities: Dynamic Simulation of Energy Performances and Energy-Oriented Refurbishment of System and Equipment for Microclimatic Control. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 9(4), 814-834. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2016.814.834

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.

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Keywords

  • Energy Retrofit
  • Hospital Buildings
  • Numerical and Experimental Studies
  • Energy Simulation
  • Building Envelope
  • HVAC Systems