Strengths and Weaknesses of Existing Building Green Retrofits: Case Study of a LEED EBOM Gold Project

Xiaonuan Sun, Zhonghua Gou, Yi Lu, Yiqi Tao
2018 Energies  
This study investigated the process of existing building green retrofits through examining a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) Gold project. The project demonstrated a standard green retrofit process for existing buildings, which includes energy auditing, building performance simulation, and measurement and verification. In this project, four energy conservation measures were applied to improve energy performance:
more » ... erformance: light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, window films, green roofs, and chilled water plant upgrading and optimization. The expected energy saving was 30% after the retrofit; while the actual energy saving was 16%. The error of building performance simulation was one of uncertainties in this retrofit project. Occupancy conditions might be the main reason for this uncertainty. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats were identified and discussed for the green retrofit. The research results could be used to optimize the existing building retrofit process for better energy performance.
doi:10.3390/en11081936 fatcat:nd72yjz2prbw7ijbytucsubu4m