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Measurement and verification of zero energy settlements: Lessons learned from four pilot cases in Europe


Measurement and verification (M&V) has become necessary for ensuring intended design performance. Currently, M&V procedures and calculation methods exist for the assessment of Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) for existing buildings, with a focus on reliable baseline model creation and savings estimation, as well as for reducing the computation time, uncertainties, and M&V costs. There is limited application of rigorous M&V procedures in the design, delivery and operation of low/zero energy dwellings and settlements. In the present paper, M&V for four pilot net-zero energy settlements has been designed and implemented. The M&V has been planned, incorporating guidance from existing protocols, linked to the project development phases, and populated with lessons learned through implementation. The resulting framework demonstrates that M&V is not strictly linked to the operational phase of a project but is rather an integral part of the project management and development. Under this scope, M&V is an integrated, iterative process that is accompanied by quality control in every step. Quality control is a significant component of the M&V, and the proposed quality control procedures can support the preparation and implementation of automated M&V. The proposed framework can be useful to project managers for integrating M&V into the project management and development process and explicitly aligning it with the rest of the design and construction procedures.

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Mavrigiannaki, Angeliki
Kolokotsa, Dionysia
Kalaitzakis, Kostas
Pisello, Anna Laura
Piselli, Cristina
Gupta, Rajat
Gregg, Matt
Laskari, Marina
Saliari, Maria
Assimakopoulos, Margarita-Niki
Synnefa, Afroditi

Oxford Brookes departments

School of Architecture


Year of publication: 2020
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-11-26

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