Course code BūvZ6043

Credit points 2

Building Energy Audit

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures6

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes6

Number of hours for laboratory classes12

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation23.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Architecture and Building

Course developer

author lect.

Sandris Liepiņš

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

BūvZ6042, Building Physics Sspecial Course

Course abstract

Students gain knowledge about the energy audit procedure of buildings, methods, activities to be included, necessary measuring instruments, equipment. Students must learn the principles of energy efficiency assessment for residential, public and industrial buildings. It must be possible to analyze specific technological processes that take place in production buildings.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After the course studies the student will have:
• knowledge of the procedure for conducting energy audits of buildings and technologies
• skills to assess the energy efficiency of buildings and production processes
• Competence on indicators affecting the energy efficiency of a building

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introductory lecture, general requirements and history of energy audit development (0.5 hour lecture)
2. Requirements for energy efficiency of buildings, legislation and standards (0.5 hour lecture)
3. Energy certification of buildings, types of energy performance certificates of buildings and their content (0.5 hour lecture)
4. Division of buildings (residential, public, industrial buildings), applicable standards, microclimate and air quality (0.5 hour lecture)
5. Measuring instruments, equipment (1 hour lectures, practical classes)
6. Buildings and their enclosing structures (1 hour lectures, practical classes)
7. Methodology for calculation of energy efficiency of buildings - heat loss, heat gains (2 hours of lectures, practical classes and laboratory works)
8. Methodology for calculation of energy efficiency of buildings - engineering systems (2 hours of practical classes and laboratory works)
9. Methodology for calculation of energy efficiency of buildings - energy consumption balance (2 hours of practical classes and laboratory works)
10. Calculation of ventilation and air conditioning systems (2 hours of lectures, practical classes and laboratory works)
11. Heating units and their connection systems (2 hours of lectures, practical classes and laboratory works)
12. Heating systems, heating devices and equipment (2 hours of practical classes and laboratory works)
13. Hot water supply systems, circulation (2 hours of practical classes and laboratory works)
14. Electricity in engineering systems and processes (2 hours of practical classes and laboratory works)
15. Analysis of production processes (2 hours of practical classes and laboratory works)
16. Calculation of energy savings and payback period, preparation of building energy certificate and energy audit report (2 hours of practical classes and laboratory works)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Developed and successfully defended individual work. Successfully passed the test with a mark.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The student independently gets acquainted with the Law on Energy Efficiency of Buildings and regulatory enactments subordinate to these laws on the application of State Standards in the performance of energy audits of buildings.
The student individually develops individual work (inspects the building and its engineering systems, performs calculations, prepares a building energy certificate and energy audit report) according to the course content.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The student is able to confirm the knowledge acquired in lectures, practical work and independent work by answering test questions in accordance with the topic of the course content. Able to explain calculations, performed actions and procedures in the submitted test.
1. Use of measuring instruments and equipment (0.5 points)
2. Calculation of the building and its enclosing structures (1.0 points)
3. Application of the building energy efficiency calculation methodology, calculating heat losses, heat gains, evaluating the operation of engineering systems (2.0 points)
4. Energy balance calculation (0.5 points)
5. Calculation of ventilation and air conditioning systems (1.0 points)
6. Calculation of the heating unit, connection system, heating system device and equipment (1.0 points)
7. Calculation of hot water supply systems, consumption, circulation (1.0 points)
8. Calculation of electricity consumption in engineering systems and production processes (1.0 points)
9. Calculation of energy savings and payback period, preparation of building energy certificate and energy audit report (2.0 points)

Compulsory reading

1. Ēku energoefektivitātes aprēķina metodes un ēku energosertifikācijas noteikumi [tiešsaiste]: Ministru kabineta noteikumi Nr.222 Pieņemts 08.04.2021. Stājas spēkā 16.04.2021. [Skatīts 16.04.2021.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/322436
1. ISO 50001:2018 - Energy management systems Requirements with guidance for use. Pieejams: https://www.iso.org/
2. ISO 52000-1:2017 - Energy performance of buildings Overarching EPB assessment Pieejams: https://www.iso.org/
2. Handbook of Energy Audits. A. Thumann, T. Niehus, W.J. Younger. 8th edition. Lilburn GA: Fairmont Press. 2010. 489 p. e-grāmata pieejams LLU tīklā un ārpus tīkla ar LLU IS parolēm (e-studiju paroles) datubāzē eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost).
3. Green Energy Audit of Buildings. A Guide for a Sustainable Energy Audit of Buildings. Dall’O’, Giuliano. London: Springer-Verlag, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4471-5064-0

Further reading

1. Noteikumi par Latvijas būvnormatīvu LBN 002-19 “Ēku norobežojošo konstrukciju siltumtehnika” [tiešsaiste]: MK noteikumi Nr.495. Pieņemti: 25.06.2019. Stājas spēkā 01.01.2020. [Skatīts 08.03.2021.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/307966

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas Būvniecība. ISSN 1691-4058
2. Būvinženieris: Latvijas Būvinženieru savienības izdevums. Rīga: Latvijas Būvinženieru savienība. ISSN 1691-9262.

Notes

Optional course in Professional higher education Master's degree program „Civil engineering”