M. Fedorczak-Cisak, M. Furtak



"In situ" measurements in energy saving building certificate

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Energy-saving building certification is a very important instrument which enables to judge the quality of buildings performance and their real influence on the environment and building users. Access to the European Union forced Poland to implement building standards which take into account reduction of energy consumption. Like in other UE countries there is a high demand to design near zero-energy buildings. The need for evaluation and guarantee that the erected buildings are of proper quality lead Małopolska Center of Energy-saving Buildings (MCBE) to develop energy- saving certificate (named MCBE Certificate). This very first energy – saving building certificate in Poland takes into account local climate conditions, local energy distributors coefficients and local architectural regulations. MCBE certificate indicates three important areas: energy characteristics, carbon footprint (environmental impact) and in situ measurements of buildings connected with their real energy consumption. The first building to have passed the certificate procedure is Malopolska Laboratory of Energy Energy–saving Building (MLBE) in Cracow University of Technology. The first part of the article shows certificate methodology developed in dynamic simulations. The in situ studies which are the basis of issuing MCBE Certificate are presented in the second part of the article. The study of insulating envelope tightness of a building has been described in more detail. It is the most important study which should be carried out before granting a building a certificate proving its energy saving quality. The “in situ” measurements are one of the most important tasks of the Malopolska Centre of Energy Saving Building.


energy-efficient buildings, certificate buildings, Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), “in situ” measurements.


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M. Fedorczak-Cisak, M. Furtak. (2017) "In situ" measurements in energy saving building certificate. International Journal of Environmental Science, 2, 352-365


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