Energy consumption in the housing stock accounts for 24% of Total Final Consumption in Ireland, with heating energy being a dominant end use. Identifying the influence of housing stock characteristics on heat energy consumption can aid targeted development of energy related policy to meet national objectives of environmental responsibility and security of supply. This paper reports a profiling study of the heat energy consumption of a representative sample of the housing stock in the Greater Dublin Area from the findings of an energy performance survey of Irish housing commissioned by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEI). Theoretical and actual heat energy consumption of a sample of 64 dwellings representing the housing mix in the Greater Dublin Area is presented. Comparison of theoretical and actual heat energy consumption is discussed for a range of stock and individual house operational; fabric and heating system characteristics including results from airtightness testing and thermographic surveys to identify the predominant heat energy consumption drivers. The impact of historical changes in construction practices, design strategies and energy related regulatory instruments on theoretical and actual heat energy consumption are discussed.
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||2nd International Solar Cities Congress - Oxford, United Kingdom|
Duration: 3 Apr 2006 → 6 Apr 2006
|Conference||2nd International Solar Cities Congress|
|Period||3/04/06 → 6/04/06|