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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1256-1265; doi:10.3390/su5031256

Choice of Domestic Air-Sourced Solar Photovoltaic Thermal Systems through the Operational Energy Cost Implications in Scotland

MEARU (ZEMCH R&D Group), Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ, UK
Received: 4 December 2012 / Revised: 27 February 2013 / Accepted: 5 March 2013 / Published: 19 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Design and Construction)
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Abstract

In Scotland, homebuilders are requested to take valiant efforts to meet the government’s ambition that all newly built homes should be carbon-neutral by 2016/17. In delivering net zero carbon homes, the application of renewable energy technologies, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) power generating systems, is almost inevitable. Cost-effectiveness of emerging green technologies is a major factor that affects stakeholders’ housing design decision-making on whether or not the innovations can be applied in practical terms. Based on the United Kingdom (UK) government’s Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for energy rating of dwellings, this study conducted a comparative value assessment of 19 design alternatives set. The options also included ones that encompassed both electricity and heat generation potentials of PV applications—i.e., air-sourced PV thermal (PV/T) systems. Based on the SAP simulation results, it concluded that operational energy use and cost, as well as carbon dioxide (CO2) emission levels, can drastically be reduced particularly when a PV/T system is combined with a low-energy and high-performance mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) system that can extract fresh air heated by PV. This study led to visualizing the cost-effectiveness of PV/T MVHR systems and identifying the economic value over 10 years at the interest rate of 10%, based on an assumption that the innovations are applied to Scottish homes today. View Full-Text
Keywords: cost-effectiveness measurement; PV/thermal MVHR systems; low to zero energy/carbon housing; renewable energy technologies; design decision-making cost-effectiveness measurement; PV/thermal MVHR systems; low to zero energy/carbon housing; renewable energy technologies; design decision-making
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Noguchi, M. Choice of Domestic Air-Sourced Solar Photovoltaic Thermal Systems through the Operational Energy Cost Implications in Scotland. Sustainability 2013, 5, 1256-1265.

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