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Title: Labeling and Certification Schemes Leading to Building Energy Efficiency in Kuwait
Authors: Amer H. Najjar 
Supervisor: Dr. Nawaf Aljuwayhel
Keywords: Energy : kuwait
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher:  Kuwait university - college of graduate studies
Abstract: According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the building sector is responsible for approximately 40% of the global primary energy use and 30% of the world’s CO2 emissions. In Kuwait, HVAC and lighting systems consume nearly 85% of energy consumed in buildings during summer peaks and 60% of the total annual energy consumption of the building sector. This, along with many other parameters, led to Kuwait having one of the world’s highest energy consumption rates per capita. Accordingly, the need to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and reduce greenhouse emissions in the building sector in Kuwait is of immense importance. Building energy consumption labeling and certification programs are effective tools to limit and monitor energy consumption and greenhouse emissions rates in the building sector. These programs provide essential information about the potential and actual energy consumption by evaluating the energy performance of assessed buildings and subsequently giving case-specific recommendations for owners, engineers, and operators in order to decrease energy consumption and operational costs. When applied on a national scale, these programs take a vital place in the efforts directed towards energy conservation and reducing emissions, in addition to long-term financial influence on the real-estate industry. In this research, three case studies are investigated using ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ) in order to introduce building energy performance certification programs into Kuwait. These case studies are a kindergarten building, a multi-level hotel building, and an office building. Energy consumption models are created using HAP 4.90 and actual energy consumption data, which are used to evaluate the Energy Use Index (EUI) of each case study. In line with the energy performance assessment, energy efficiency of the assessed buildings is optimized using energy conservation measures influenced from ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG), which resulted in reducing energy consumption by 27%, 29% and 37% in the kindergarten, the hotel, and the office buildings, respectively.
Appears in Programs:0630 Mechanical Engineering

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