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New developments in illumination, heating and cooling technologies for energy-efficient buildings

H.J. Han, Y.I. Jeon, S.H. Lim, W.W. Kim and K. Chen

Energy, 2010, vol. 35, issue 6, 2647-2653

Abstract: This paper gives a concise review of new designs and developments of illumination, heating and air-conditioning systems and technologies for energy-efficient buildings. Important breakthroughs in these areas include high-efficiency and/or reduced cost solar system components, LED lamps, smart windows, computer-controlled illumination systems, compact combined heat-power generation systems, and so on. To take advantage of these new technologies, hybrid or cascade energy systems have been proposed and/or investigated. A survey of innovative architectural and building envelope designs that have the potential to considerably reduce the illumination and heating and cooling costs for office buildings and residential houses is also included in the review. In addition, new designs and ideas that can be easily implemented to improve the energy efficiency and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts of new or existing buildings are proposed and discussed.

Keywords: Building energy efficiency; Green building; Heating and cooling; Illumination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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