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Evaluating Energy Targets and Efficiency Measures in Multifamily Subtropical Buildings through Automated Simulation

The Technology | Architecture + Design journal article by associate professor Wendy Meguro and Elliot Glassman from WSP, “Evaluating Energy Targets and Efficiency Measures in Multifamily Subtropical Buildings through Automated Simulation” (April 2021) is available free online here

This study demonstrates a replicable process using early design phase energy modeling to reduce energy use in multifamily residential buildings in subtropical climates and achieve net-zero site energy.

Why was the study initiated? Buildings produced almost 40% of annual global GHG emissions in 2018, so reducing energy use in buildings is key to meeting climate change mitigation targets.

Who is the audience? Design professionals, policy-makers, planners, and building developers may be interested in the early-design phase automated parametric energy modeling methods; energy use intensity targets; identification of the most effective energy conservation measures; and estimates of on-site renewable energy generation and storage.

Please download the PDF and view the 2-page spread to see the layout.

Thank you to project collaborators Charles Chaloeicheep, Zachary Stevens, Eileen Peppard, and funder, the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. The article is open access, thanks to WSP and HNEI. Opening image by Andrew Richard Hara.