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Life cycle energy analysis of a zero-energy house

Eline Himpe UGent, Leen Trappers UGent, Wim Debacker, Marc Delghust UGent, Jelle Laverge UGent, Arnold Janssens UGent, Jan Moens UGent and Marlies Van Holm (2013) BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION. 41(4). p.435-449
abstract
Most zero-energy concepts focus on a reduction of the non-renewable operational energy use in buildings rather than taking the reduction of their life cycle energy use as a starting point. Nevertheless, the life cycle embodied and end-of-life energy will become more important, especially in buildings with low operational energy. Therefore, the life cycle energy use of a Belgian zero-energy reference house is examined by means of life cycle energy assessment. The influence of design decisions and regulations on the building construction type, the building services, and the performance of the building envelope are investigated. In terms of thermal performance of the building, the results show that the life cycle embodied energy in zero-energy houses with passive or standard thermal performance was not substantially different. From a life cycle energy perspective, passive house requirements are not essential criteria for zero-energy houses in Belgium. On the other hand, large life cycle energy savings were obtained through a proficient selection of all building construction materials and services. For the life cycle embodied energy in building constructions, the best timber frame and masonry houses were equally efficient. Wood pellets and photovoltaic panels were decisive factors in the life cycle embodied energy of building services.
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keyword
RESOURCE CONSUMPTION, RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, DIFFERENT EUROPEAN LOCATIONS, IMPACT, LCA, building services, embodied energy, life cycle energy analysis, passive house, residential buildings, zero-energy
journal title
BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION
editor
Richard Lorch
volume
41
issue
4
pages
435 - 449
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000319321600005
JCR category
CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING TECHNOLOGY
JCR impact factor
1.319 (2013)
JCR rank
19/58 (2013)
JCR quartile
2 (2013)
ISSN
0961-3218
DOI
10.1080/09613218.2013.777329
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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3218268
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3218268
date created
2013-05-19 13:51:04
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2016-12-19 15:44:50
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  abstract     = {Most zero-energy concepts focus on a reduction of the non-renewable operational energy use in buildings rather than taking the reduction of their life cycle energy use as a starting point. Nevertheless, the life cycle embodied and end-of-life energy will become more important, especially in buildings with low operational energy. Therefore, the life cycle energy use of a Belgian zero-energy reference house is examined by means of life cycle energy assessment. The influence of design decisions and regulations on the building construction type, the building services, and the performance of the building envelope are investigated. In terms of thermal performance of the building, the results show that the life cycle embodied energy in zero-energy houses with passive or standard thermal performance was not substantially different. From a life cycle energy perspective, passive house requirements are not essential criteria for zero-energy houses in Belgium. On the other hand, large life cycle energy savings were obtained through a proficient selection of all building construction materials and services. For the life cycle embodied energy in building constructions, the best timber frame and masonry houses were equally efficient. Wood pellets and photovoltaic panels were decisive factors in the life cycle embodied energy of building services.},
  author       = {Himpe, Eline and Trappers, Leen and Debacker, Wim and Delghust, Marc and Laverge, Jelle and Janssens, Arnold and Moens, Jan and Van Holm, Marlies},
  editor       = {Lorch, Richard},
  issn         = {0961-3218},
  journal      = {BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION},
  keyword      = {RESOURCE CONSUMPTION,RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS,DIFFERENT EUROPEAN LOCATIONS,IMPACT,LCA,building services,embodied energy,life cycle energy analysis,passive house,residential buildings,zero-energy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {435--449},
  title        = {Life cycle energy analysis of a zero-energy house},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2013.777329},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Himpe, Eline, Leen Trappers, Wim Debacker, Marc Delghust, Jelle Laverge, Arnold Janssens, Jan Moens, and Marlies Van Holm. 2013. “Life Cycle Energy Analysis of a Zero-energy House.” Ed. Richard Lorch. Building Research and Information 41 (4): 435–449.
APA
Himpe, E., Trappers, L., Debacker, W., Delghust, M., Laverge, J., Janssens, A., Moens, J., et al. (2013). Life cycle energy analysis of a zero-energy house. (R. Lorch, Ed.)BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION, 41(4), 435–449.
Vancouver
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Himpe E, Trappers L, Debacker W, Delghust M, Laverge J, Janssens A, et al. Life cycle energy analysis of a zero-energy house. Lorch R, editor. BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION. 2013;41(4):435–49.
MLA
Himpe, Eline, Leen Trappers, Wim Debacker, et al. “Life Cycle Energy Analysis of a Zero-energy House.” Ed. Richard Lorch. BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION 41.4 (2013): 435–449. Print.