Buildings Guide

Get the bigEE Recommendations for your building

This tool allows you to systematically browse and sort through recommendations applicable to major world climates and types of buildings.

Once you have made a selection and requested a search, you will find three paths to achieve low energy, ultra low energy or even zero or plus energy buildings. Learn more …

How to find recommendations

All elements in the list you see on the left side add together to what we consider a package, which can give a general description of a building. The package and the corresponding list are specific for each building type and climate and give recommendations on how to reach low energy, ultra low energy, nearly zero and plus energy buildings. For ease of comparison more than one combination can be chosen at the same time.

The recommendations list give a general description of what can be done to achieve Low Energy Buildings, Ultra Low Energy Buildings and nearly Zero and Plus Energy Buildings and their potential savings. As every building is unique the recommendations have been kept general. Care must also be taken as a combination of certain techniques and technologies can be contra productive. For more detailed information on each recommendation please read the link to the options text.

To show good examples of combinations there is in each case a good practice example, which shows how a building can reach these low energy levels through a combination of strategies, techniques, technologies and user behavior.

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Recommendations – for Temperate / New / Closed / Single family

bigEE Expert advice for Low-Energy Buildings

In temperate climates, building design strategies should be aimed at reducing the heating load as well as minimizing the reliance on active heating systems.

Buildings in these climatic regions require no or very little cooling in summer. With good design, passive options can be very effective in this zone. The potential for ground heating and cooling methods is high in this zone due to the suitable longstanding mean annual temperature. In addition the potential for passive heating with careful planning and good design is very high.

The energy saving potential for a Low-Energy Building (LEB) is about 40 to 60 % (or more), compared to conventional new buildings.

Compared to conventional new buildings, LEBs have:

  • Energy saving potential of 40 to 60 %
  • Low or no extra capital costs if well designed
  • Lower lifetime costs if well designed
  • Improved thermal comfort during summer and winter
  • Higher indoor air quality

Space cooling (active option)

Space heating (active option)

Mechanical ventilation (active option)

Domestic hot water (active option)

Lighting (active option)

Building integrated power generation (active option)

Siting (passive option)

Thermal comfort (passive option)

Building envelope (passive option)

Solar control (passive option)

Natural ventilation (passive option)

Passive cooling (passive option)

Passive heating (passive option)

User behaviour (user option)

Building energy management (user option)

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