Envelope performance of residential building in cool, warm and hot climatic zones : Results from self-designed in-situ monitoring campaigns

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Original languageEnglish
Article number110655
Journal / PublicationEnergy and Buildings
Online published10 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


Climatic conditions can exert significant impacts on energy demand of residential buildings. Therefore, case-based evidence is necessary for aiding local policy making on building energy performance. By designing and carrying out in-situ monitoring campaigns respectively in Cambridge, Hong Kong and Shanghai, we present in this paper a cross-regional analysis of actual building envelope performance in these three climatic regions that operate under different energy efficiency policies. Compared with conventional tabulated data, information gleaned from the method of in-situ monitoring shows lower uncertainty and higher precision, especially when the wall has good thermal properties. By comparing practices in different regions and with accurate post-occupancy thermal data, the analytical results further show that the effectiveness of building-related policies on energy performance varies across regions. This is one of the pioneering studies that make interactive policy recommendations based on the evidence obtained from cross-regional, in-situ monitoring campaigns.

Research Area(s)

  • Building envelope, Climate change, Energy efficiency in buildings, In-situ monitoring, Integrated policy interactions, Lower U-values