Assessing the overall life cycle impact of home energy management systems

SS van Dam, JC Buiter, CA Bakker

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Abstract

An ever-increasing body of research explores the effectiveness of Home Energy Management systems (HEMS) in achieving energy savings. To date, however, the overall life cycle impact of the HEMS itself has not been taken into account. Thus, no assessment has been made whether the amount of energy saved (esaved) outweighs the energy needed for production, use and disposal (einvested). To determine whether esaved>einvested, a lifecycle assessment was conducted comparing three HEMS in six usage scenarios. The results show that the impact is dependent on the type of HEMS, and that the benefits do not always outweigh the (environmental) costs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 1st international green design conference
EditorsE Durmisevic, A Pasic
PublisherInternational council for research and innovation in building and construction
Pages108-114
ISBN (Print)978-90-365-3451-2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event1st International green design conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - s.l.
Duration: 27 Sep 201230 Sep 2012

Conference

Conference1st International green design conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Period27/09/1230/09/12

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