Energy issues in the building sector become more and more important nowadays. Although the
technology improves, the energy consumption remains the same because of people’s way of living.
To reduce the energy consumption, it is possible to improve the technical components that form
the building envelope and to change people’s habits.
This report aims at determining the best measurement methodology of the heating and hot water
consumption of a building to insure real-time visualization and evaluating the energy savings that
could be made by changing people habits.
To do so, an existing measurement methodology is analyzed by making error calculations and
computer-based modeling and simulations are carried out to determine the heating consumption
of the building under different conditions. The program DesignBuilder is used to assess the energy
consumption of the building.
The study shows that a consequent reduction of the heating consumption is possible by only
changing people’s habits. Real-time visualization would be really helpful but it needs very accurate
measurements that are almost impossible if they are not integrated in the first stages of the