Assessing the Domestic Energy Use and Thermal Comfort of Occupants in a Post-war Social Housing Development Estate in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus

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Ozarisoy, B. 2021. Assessing the Domestic Energy Use and Thermal Comfort of Occupants in a Post-war Social Housing Development Estate in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.6078/D1F671
AuthorsOzarisoy, B.
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Many existing buildings in Cyprus—including high-density residential tower blocks, which account for approximately 56% of the total housing stock in addition to other existing buildings—do not meet current energy-efficiency standards for the European Union (EU). As a result, many of these structures face the threat of overheating and careful planning to implement holistic retrofitting schemes is needed. The aim of the present study was to fill a research gap in this area by developing an evidence-based framework for energy-policy decision-making mechanisms related to the integration of European energy-efficiency standards. The present study investigates 36 base-case representative archetype medium-rise residential tower blocks in a post-war social-housing estate in the coastal city of Famagusta, Cyprus, where the climate is subtropical and partly semi arid, and focuses on the development of energy policies and regulations through an exploratory case-study approach. A socio-technical-systems approach was employed to develop a bottom-up energy-policy framework for the Cypriot residential sector, and complex socio-technical associations between building energy use and occupants were examined. Household feedback was collected, existing adaptive thermal-comfort models for naturally ventilated multi-family buildings and households were investigated, an innovative framework that combines an assessment methodology with existing thermal-comfort benchmark criterion was developed, and a building-diagnostic and thermal-performance-oriented approach was proposed. The questionnaire survey revealed that 80% of the study respondents were slightly comfortable in temperatures in the range of 28,50–31,50°C, and the study findings were implemented to develop policy design that considers the UN Sustainable Development Goals related to energy-and-recovery plans; implications on domestic energy use in the south-eastern Mediterranean climate are expected to influence future trends in EU countries.

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The dataset has been donated to the ASHRAE Global Thermal Comfort Database II, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.6078/D1F671, as part of the PhD thesis entitled 'Assessing the Domestic Energy Use and Thermal Comfort of Occupants in a Post-war Social Housing Development Estate in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus. The PhD researcher developed a novel benchmarking criteria for the neutral adaptive thermal comfort in the South-eastern Mediterranean climate of Cyprus and the dataset of this PhD thesis is a valuable contribution to the ASHRAE Global Thermal Comfort Database II. The field study in the South-eastern Mediterranean climate of Cyprus is a unique context and a noteworthy addition to this public resource.

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Year2021
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.6078/D1F671
KeywordsAdaptive Thermal Comfort; Energy Efficiency; Energy Modelling; Energy Policy; Energy Use; Field Studies; Occupant Behaviour; Overheating Risk; Regression Forecasting; Retrofit Delivery; Social Housing Stock; South-Eastern Mediterranean
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