Journal article

A comprehensive assessment of the life cycle energy demand of passive houses

A Stephan, RH Crawford, K de Myttenaere

Applied Energy | Elsevier | Published : 2013


Certifications such as the Passive House aim to reduce the final space heating energy demand of residential buildings. The latter are responsible for a significant share of final energy consumption in Europe of which nearly 70% is associated with space conditioning, notably heating. The improvement of the energy efficiency of residential buildings, in terms of space heating, can therefore reduce their total energy demand.However, most certifications totally overlook other energy requirements associated with residential buildings. Studies on passive houses do not take into consideration the embodied energy required to manufacture the building materials, especially the large amount of insulati..

View full abstract


Funding Acknowledgements

This research is funded by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S. - FNRS), by an excellence scholarship from Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) and by a BRIC scholarship from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.