Educational Buildings and Their Potential to Become Net-zero Energy Buildings
This study compares three real world educational buildings to become Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB). Each case study consists of: (1) an energy model; (2) a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model, and (3) a cost model. Three performance criteria are considered: net zero energy (NZE), occupant comfort level, and cost-benefit analysis. The application of photovoltaic (PV) panels was evaluated in relation to building cost, energy performance, and simple energy payback period (SPBP). The results in each case study are promising and present the possibility of achieving NZEB in educational buildings considering the location, climate, and size of the structures.
keywords: Educational Buildings; Net-Zero Energy Building; Life Cycle Costing; Computer Fluid Dynamics; Double Skin Facade