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At this moment, contractor TBI is working on the realization design of Hotel Amstelkwartier. The design of the hotel has previously been awarded with a LEED Platinum certificate, which is meant to be maintained in the realization phase. The design is being documented in a Building Information Model (BIM). This model can serve as input for simulations and predictions. The building itself will be completed in 2016.
For this project research questions have been identified. These questions can be researched as part of a Master’s thesis project, whereby guidance will be offered on part of TBI.
Sustainability: Closing the energy loop
Within the design, many measures have already been taken to minimize energy consumption, to optimally utilize the remaining energy demand and finally to maximize sustainable energy generation (renewables). The goal is to close the energy loop as much as possible. Examples of such measures are: the creation of a reactive façade to minimize the energy consumption within the hotel rooms, thermal storage and heat pumps for optimal use of heat and cold and a BIO-CHP which can generate sustainable energy and heat.
Optimizing existing energy concept
Based on the existing design and the translation to the BIM model, the question is to what extent the energy design will effectively be realized, and where the potential optimizations are regarding the existing energy concept. This leads us to the following three research questions:
(i) To what extent can we expect the assumptions and (energy) performance level of the design to be realized? Where are deviations to be expected, and how large will these deviations be (both positive and negative deviations)?
(ii) Which parameters can influence the (energy) performance level of the Hotel, and how can variations in terms of these parameters be simulated in the (existing) BIM model? How can these variations contribute to the maintaining of the highest (energy) performance levels? How robust is the (energy) performance level of the hotel for these variations?
(iii) Which specific optimizations in terms of the building and the installations can be offered to further close the energy loop? Which quantifiable contribution can these optimizations offer for the (energy) performance level of the Hotel?
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