Energy Performance Analysis of Passive Design Strategies for the Green Affordable Homes Project in Jordan

With the aim to validate that green passive techniques are applicable, effective and affordable building solutions for low income community groups, this paper will study the impact of several passive design techniques on the overall energy performance on a residential building. This study presents energy analysis calculations for a small residential house located in Ajloun, Jordan. Which was designed for the Green Affordable Homes project in cooperation with Jordan Green Building Council (JoGBC). The energy analysis compares the house under three different construction scenarios; traditional construction techniques followed by the local community, Jordanian Energy Codes and the selected Green Affordable homes Project’s standards. The mean of the energy simulation used is the Sefaria plug in for Revit Autodesk. Conclusions show that complying with the Jordanian thermal insulation codes is highly effective in energy savings resulting with approximately 70% reduction in the total energy loads when compared to traditional construction techniques. Furthermore, the most effective passive design strategy in terms of energy efficiency is the application of thermal insulation to external walls, by adding a 5cm insulation layer, a 16 % reduction in the heating loads was observed.

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