A Comparative Analysis of the International Regulation of Thermal Properties in Building Envelope
Rubio Bellido, Carlos
Marín García, David
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Expresión Gráfica e Ingeniería en la Edificación
Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Construcciones Arquitectónicas II (ETSIE)
|Abstract||To achieve the goals of reducing building energy consumption, regulations are being
designed to guarantee the appropriate energy performance of buildings. Both European and South
American countries establish requirements ...
To achieve the goals of reducing building energy consumption, regulations are being designed to guarantee the appropriate energy performance of buildings. Both European and South American countries establish requirements of thermal properties of building envelope according to the climate zone, thus implying notable di erences in climate classifications and technical requirements. This research provides a general view of advantages and limitations between the di erent state regulations of three South American countries (Argentina, Brazil, and Chile) and three European countries (Spain, Portugal, and France). A total of 792 simulations were conducted with Energy Plus by considering 12 di erent dwelling typologies in 66 climate zones. Building envelopes were adapted to the regulations of the various countries. Results showed tendencies of performance clearly di erent between the South American and the European countries, with the latter being those with the lowest energy demands. The cluster analysis of distributions of energy demand revealed that buildings located in similar climates but in di erent countries present very di erent energy performances. This research opens up the discussion on the development of more demanding policies related to thermal properties of buildings. Also, the analysis at a continental scale could reduce the di erences between countries and guarantee a more sustainable life for the building stock.