Benchmarking of Buildings for Energy Consumption in Pakistan
Irshad Ahmed1, Imran Iqbal2
1Dr. Irshad Ahmed, Department of Mechatronic, Air University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
2Imran Iqbal, Department of Mathematics, Air University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Manuscript received on March 22, 2015. | Revised Manuscript received on April 11, 2015. | Manuscript published on April 30, 2015. | PP: 74-77 | Volume-4 Issue-4, April 2015. | Retrieval Number: D3854044415/2013©BEIESP
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Abstract: Pakistan suffers a continuous energy crisis and needs all out efforts to overcome this problem. The use of locally available renewable energy and energy conservation offers a viable solution to the energy crisis. As Pakistan consumes 50% of its primary energy in the building sector, and therefore, offers a huge potential for energy saving. This study estimates the energy consumption in buildings as a function of heating and cooling degree days for all climate zones of the country. Both components (weather independent and dependent) of the energy used in buildings are calculated using Energy Plus software. Energy consumption is estimated both for conventional buildings and buildings built approximating Building Energy Code of Pakistan (BECP). The results show a huge reduction in energy consumption in BECP buildings. The paper also demonstrates how to calculate energy consumption in houses in all zones of Pakistan.
Keywords: Building Energy Consumption, Cooling Degree Days, Energy Plus Software, Heating Degree Days.