Economic viability of energy-efficiency measures in educational buildings in Finland

Kari Alanne, Jutta Schade, Ivo Martinac, Arto Saari, Juha Jokisalo, Targo Kalamees

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    The economic viability of novel energy-efficient design concepts has been evaluated in Finnish educational buildings. The total energy consumption of representative target buildings with each design concept has been found using the whole-building simulation tool IDA Indoor Climate and Energy 4.0, and the financial viability has been assessed using the discounted payback period method. Different thermal insulation and air tightness properties of the building envelope, and different ventilation's heat recovery efficiency assumptions and heat distribution options have been investigated. The results suggest that a prudent attitude should be taken toward the investments in ultra-low-energy designs. Total energy-saving potential of 25-32% can be obtained. The payback periods varied from 15 to more than 40 years. The results can be generalized in cold climates and techno-economic conditions similar to Finland.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)120-127
    Number of pages8
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - May 2013
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • economic analysis
    • energy efficiency
    • life-cycle cost
    • schools

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Building and Construction


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