Life-Cycle Cost-Optimized Cooling Systems for European Office Buildings

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This study compares the life-cycle costs of various conventional and emerging cooling systems in representative European climates and energy markets. Firstly, cooling demands and energy requirements of a multi-story office building are determined in compliance with local building codes in six different European locations. Life-cycle costs of various cooling systems are then calculated using location-specific market prices and economic data. The results indicate that no single cooling system is an optimal choice for all locations. In cold climates, conventional vapour compression systems are shown to have the lowest life-cycle costs. In moderate and warm climates, solar electricity driven vapour compression systems have the lowest life-cycle costs. Absorption and solar thermal cooling systems are shown to be economically infeasible under current market conditions.


External organisations
  • Lund University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Building Technologies
  • Energy Engineering
  • Energy Systems


  • LCC; Cooling systems; Office building; Solar cooling; Energy markets
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th REHVA World Congress (Clima 2016)
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch
Event12th REHVA World Congress (Clima 2016) - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 2016 May 222016 May 25


Conference12th REHVA World Congress (Clima 2016)

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