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Designing a mediator space and the study of its effect on the energy consumption of a residential building using EnergyPlus software in Savadkuh, Iran

Yasaman Yousefi (Department of Architecture Engineering, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran)
Mehdi Jahangiri (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran)
Akbar Alidadi Shamsabadi (Young Researchers and Elite Club, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran)
Afshin Raeesi Dehkordi (Department of Architecture Engineering, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 2 May 2019

Issue publication date: 5 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Reducing energy consumption of a building may have a significant effect on the energy and environmental costs. Nowadays, energy simulations have come to the aid of engineers in the design and implementation of buildings with a perspective on energy consumption.

Design/methodology/approach

In the current study, the suggested volume of a residential building in the Savadkuh City, Iran, is modeled using Ecotect® software, and the amount of radiation on the sides during various months of the year is studied. Then, using EnergyPlus™ software, climate analyses are performed on the suggested design, and finally, the amount of heating and cooling loads of the building are examined under two difference scenarios of mediator space.

Findings

Results indicated that nearly at all times of the year, both the heating and cooling loads were reduced in the scenario where mediator space had two functions, i.e. as greenhouse and as a space for higher ventilation, compared to the scenario where mediator space did not have a climate role and merely served as an entrance and passageway with rigid dividers.

Originality/value

Nowadays, energy simulations have come to the aid of engineers in the design and implementation of buildings with a perspective on energy consumption. Therefore, in the current study, the suggested volume of a residential building in the Savadkuh City, Iran, is modeled using Ecotect® software, and the amount of radiation on the sides during various months of the year is studied. Then, using EnergyPlus™ software, climate analyses are performed on the suggested design, and finally, the amount of heating and cooling loads of the building are examined under two difference scenarios of mediator space.

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Citation

Yousefi, Y., Jahangiri, M., Alidadi Shamsabadi, A. and Raeesi Dehkordi, A. (2019), "Designing a mediator space and the study of its effect on the energy consumption of a residential building using EnergyPlus software in Savadkuh, Iran", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 833-846. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-01-2018-0005

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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