Making buildings energy-efficient through retrofits: A survey of available technologies

Sreya Basuroy, Jun Wei Chuah, Niraj K. Jha

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Abstract

Energy expenditures represent approximately 10% of the global gross domestic product (GDP), second only to healthcare costs. Globally, the residential and commercial building sector accounts for 21% of total energy consumption. In the United States, the building sector accounts for a much larger share: 40% of the country's total energy consumption. With an increased global focus on energy conservation, the building sector presents a ripe target for introducing energy efficiency. While advancements have been made in building architecture and materials, the length of time needed for mass adoption of these technologies renders them ineffective in the short and medium term. Retrofitting existing buildings is a more desirable option, resulting in immediate energy savings while preserving the building structure. In this paper, we discuss several existing and ongoing efforts directed toward promoting energy efficiency in buildings, focusing specifically on building retrofits, and analyze their energy savings potential. This collection of building technologies spans several categories and represents various building energy end-uses. We also discuss the challenges involved in developing such energy-efficient building technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES 2013
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES 2013 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Jul 21 2013Jul 25 2013

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933

Other

Other2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES 2013
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period7/21/137/25/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Keywords

  • Energy conservation
  • green buildings

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    Basuroy, S., Chuah, J. W., & Jha, N. K. (2013). Making buildings energy-efficient through retrofits: A survey of available technologies. In 2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES 2013 [6672521] (IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting). https://doi.org/10.1109/PESMG.2013.6672521