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Demand-side energy retrofit potential in existing office buildings

Tharindu Lakruwan Wickremanayake Karunaratne (Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Nayanthara De Silva (Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 31 May 2019

Issue publication date: 5 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Office buildings confront with the issue of high energy demand during the day time mainly due to heavy use of energy for HVAC and lighting systems. Demand-side energy retrofits (DSER) are identified as effective in controlling electricity demand of existing buildings. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the potential of incorporating DSER in to existing office buildings. The paper reports the cost benefits of using DSER in existing office buildings. Furthermore, it reveals several enablers that can be used to promote retrofits in office buildings of Sri Lanka.

Design/methodology/approach

An industry survey was conducted by selecting a sample of 35 office buildings to study the usage of DSER in office buildings of Sri Lanka. Furthermore, three case studies were conducted to analyse the costs benefits of widely used DSER techniques in office buildings.

Findings

Research revealed that the use of DSER techniques in existing office buildings of Sri Lanka is at a lower level. However, it found that the financial viability of those DSER was at a promising level. Furthermore, 11 enablers in two levels as organisational level and national level were identified to enhance the use of DSER.

Originality/value

The study justifies the potential of DSER in reducing energy demand of existing office buildings through in-depth cost benefit analysis, which is useful for a country like Sri Lanka which faces massive energy crisis. This encourages Facility Managers towards using DSER to reduce building energy demand. Furthermore, study provides enablers at organisational and national levels to enhance the use of DSER.

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Citation

Karunaratne, T.L.W. and De Silva, N. (2019), "Demand-side energy retrofit potential in existing office buildings", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 426-439. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-10-2017-0103

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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