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Classification Of Buildings In Cyprus Based On Their Energy Performance


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S. A. Kalogirou, G. A. Florides, A. Papadopoulos, M. Neophytou, P. A. Fokaides, G. Georgiou, A. Elia, C. Maxoulis, A. Symeou & G. Georgakis


This paper describes the work that will be done in a research project, which will facilitate the implementation of the EPBD through the calculation of the existing Cyprus Building Stock energy behaviour. This will be achieved through the selection of a representative sample of 500 housing units and the collection of data through questionnaires, followed by statistical analysis of the data and the interpretation of the results. The key parameters that will form the different clusters are climatological zone, type, age and size of each housing unit. The statistical interpretation of the collected dataset will provide insights with regards to the energy behaviour of the building stock for each class. The ultimate goal is to suggest the number of classes for the Energy Performance Certificate and the upper and lower energy consumption limits for each class. Moreover, the formulation of an energy behaviour map, the consideration of the historical development of the buildings behaviour and the improvement of the insulating materials and solutions, will lead to the readjustment of the values, particularly for the best two classes, so as not only to reflect today’s reality, but also to show the intent of the state to improve the level of the construction industry. In this study, the various types and quantities of thermal insulating materials utilized in Cyprus, for the time interval 01/01/08–30/09/08, are also reported. The data were extracted from applications made by individuals who claimed financial subsidy. A random specimen of 400 applications was evaluated: 55% refer to existing housing, and 45% to new buildings. The different kinds of materials used for insulating floorings, walls and roofs, in different regions of the island were evaluated. The principal observation made is the extensive use of double glazing for doors and windows. Keywords: building classification, energy performance, directive 2002/91/EC, insulating materials, double glazing.


building classification, energy performance, directive 2002/91/EC, insulating materials, double glazing.