A zero emission concept analysis of a single family house: Part 2 sensitivity analysis

Aoife Anne Marie Houlihan Wiberg, Laurent Georges, Selamawit Mamo Fufa, Birgit Dagrun Risholt, Clara Stina Good

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    This report presents the results from a sensitivity analysis regarding the influence of using emission data from Norwegian EPD’s instead of the generic data from Ecoinvent, using different CO2eq-factors (for electricity in the operational phase) and electricity load from household appliances on the overall ZEB residential building performance.The materials which contribute the most to the embodied greenhouse gas emissions in the original ZEB concept residential building were selected [1]. The sensitivity analysis is performed by replacing the
    generic Ecoinvent data with Norwegian EPD data where available. Even though the embodied emissions from PV contribute the most emissions, they are not included in this analysis due to the lack of Norwegian EPD data for PV. Instead, the influence of different PV technologies and different module orientations on the embodied and avoided emissions is incorporated. Even if the calculation of embodied emission has uncertainties, the results indicate the annual embodied emissions reduction
    from 7.2 kg CO2eq/m2 to 5.8 kg CO2eq/m2 when the generic data is replaced with Norwegian EPD data. In addition, the sensitivity study investigates the influence of CO2eq-factors for electricity in the operational phase on the emission balance. Furthermore, the analysis discusses the energy consumption of electric appliances and how it could be reduced through more efficient products,especially the hot-fed machines (i.e. washing machines, tumble dryer and dishwasher). The ZEB Centre
    has chosen an average CO2eq factor of 132 g O2eq/KWh for electricity in the operational phase of the building's lifetime of sixty years. ZEB ambition level ZEB-OM can still not be reached for the residential concept building. However, to choose higher European CO2eq factors make it possible to achieve this ambition. In further work, the calculation of embodied emissions using Norwegian EPD data for other construction materials should be incorporated. In the second stage of the work, the system boundary should be extended to include end of life emissions. There is further potential to reduce the embodied emissions by considering the biogenic carbon stored in wood products and the use of alternative building materials should also be considered. In addition, further work is thus required to define the potential energy saving that would result from a shift of standard appliances to high-performance appliances with better
    energy efficiency.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherSINTEF akademisk forlag
    ISBN (Electronic) 978-82-536-1449-6
    ISBN (Print)N 978-82-536-1450-2
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2015


    • Zero emission building
    • residential concept building
    • embodied emissions
    • green house gas emissions
    • environmental product declarations
    • construction materials
    • electricity demand
    • CO2 factors
    • generic and specific data


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