The construction sector is responsible for a large amount of greenhouse emissions that have a detrimental effect for climate change. Thus the traditional role of buildings as a shelter is beginning to change with increasing emphasis on lowering energy consumption.
Taking into account the above, a progressive client has approached you to do a thorough energy analysis of a 12 storey, 250 bed hotel and conference facility at the identified city centre site in Glasgow [ refer to the project brief on page 3].
- Perform a full energy audit of the building including electricity usage, heat losses and heat gains assuming that the building follows the latest building regulations - but only barely (U-values are the highest permissible)
- The building will be connected to the electricity grid and gas mains and the manager has negotiated a rate of 16p/day standing charge plus 9.8p/kWh for electricity and 16p/day standing charge plus 2.15p/kWh for gas. Calculate the running costs of the building during a high season (June-September and December-January) and a low season (October-November and February-May) taking into account different usage patterns (low hotel occupancy for low season and high hotel occupancy for high season)
- Investigate the possible on site usage of solar PV, wind turbines and biomass boilers in order to reduce electricity and heating costs.
- Discuss your findings and propose how energy saving measures and sustainable design could help offset the running costs. These can include but are not limited to: better insulation, more low energy saving devices, increased use of natural light etc.