Measuring the impact of MVHR on the energy efficiency and the IEQ in multifamily buildings

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Renovating and improving the current building stock is a matter of both need and importance. In order to know if the implemented renovation measure has had an impact on the building as a system it is important to verify the impact through measurements. The aim of this project is to isolate the impact of a measure on the energy efficiency of a building as well as the indoor environmental quality. This, through detailed measurements that enable the exclusion of the impact of other factors that might affect the energy use. For this reason a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery was installed in two apartment buildings and measurements were conducted before and after installation. Measurements were also conducted in two almost identical reference buildings, that were used as a control group for the experiment. Together with acquired data for the surrounding climate, measurements were conducted on 1)the district heat carriers to and from the buildings, 2)the temperature and relative humidity in the apartments, 3)the global horizontal radiation on site, and 4)the temperature outdoors. A survey was also conducted with the inhabitants for the assessment of the impact on the perceived indoor environmental quality. Correcting for the outdoor temperature only, a yearly reduction by 22% and 24% is achieved in the affected buildings. Changes in the global horizontal radiation clearly impact the results, however, can not be corrected for. By using the control group as a reference, further corrections can be made and the energy reduction might be determined to 15% and 34%, instead of 22% and 24% respectively.


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  • Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology


  • Building energy signature, Indoor environmental quality, Measuremen, Multifamily, Ventilation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-104
Number of pages12
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch

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