Energy Modelling Methodology for Community Masterplanning

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  • Net-zero energy is an influential idea in guiding the building stock towards renewable
    energy resources. Increasingly, this target is scaled to entire communities
    which may include dozens of buildings in each new development phase.
    Although building energy modelling processes and codes have been well developed
    to guide decision making, there is a lack of methodologies for community
    integrated energy masterplanning. The problem is further complicated by the
    availability of district systems which better harvest and store on-site renewable
    energy. In response to these challenges, this paper contributes an energy modelling
    methodology which helps energy masterplanners determine trade-offs between
    building energy saving measures and district system design. Furthermore,
    this paper shows that it is possible to mitigate electrical and thermal peaks of a
    net-zero energy community using minimal district equipment. The methodology
    is demonstrated using a cold-climate case-study with both significant heating/
    cooling loads and solar energy resources.

  • Bucking, S. (2017). Energy Modelling Methodology for Community Masterplanning. In ASHRAE Transactions.
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  • 2017-07-25


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