IEA HPP Annex 32

Economical heating and cooling systems for low energy houses
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In the Netherlands low energy houses are in the market introduction phase. A problem for the introduction of low energy houses is a generally rather low building quality in the Netherlands in terms of thermal insulation and air-tightness, since the Netherlands building market is a push market and buildings of any quality can be sold.
However, different market players are presently pushing high-quality buildings and dwellings with the low energy consumption. Nevertheless, currently the system technology for these dwellings is missing. Some market player offer integrated concepts with heat pumps as system technology, but the system technology is not optimised for the application field of low energy houses. Thus, market conditions are favourable to link adequate heat pump developments to the emerging market of high-quality low energy houses in the Netherlands. Thus, starting from an evaluation of existing systems adequate system technology for the application in low energy buildings shall be developed as co-operation between Dutch heat pump manufacturers, building companies and research institutes. (Fig. 1).

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Fig.1   Low energy house concepts with integrated heat pump offered by Dutch building companies in co-operation with Dutch heat pump manufacturer

Moreover, in the frame of Annex 32 existing calculation procedure and models for the energy consumption shall be validated for low energy houses. Furthermore, field testing of low energy houses is planned in co-operation with the building companies and is started in 2010. Further activities are means to support the market introduction of both low energy houses and heat pumps in the Netherlands. Upcoming system concepts have been documented in System Concepts Sheets






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Dutch upcoming concept of demand controlled ventilation in Ypenburg
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Dutch upcoming concept of solar integrated ground source heat pump in Delgauw
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Dutch upcoming concept of collective ground source heat pumps in de Tas