Designing a healthy nearly zero-energy family house prototype in Latvia.

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Jääskeläinen, Mikko Karkls, Krisjanis 2018-12-07T16:01:08Z 2018-12-07T16:01:08Z 2018-12-05
dc.description.abstract Energy-efficiency has become the key element also in today`s building design as all new buildings within EU will need to be nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) by the end of 2020. By definition nZEB is a building with significantly lower operational energy demand than a traditional building and which covers a significant amount of its needed energy from renewable energy sources. At the moment, the concept is going through an adaptation and clarification at national levels across many member states of the EU to make the final adjustments for the nZEB requirements at each member state individually. Much research has been dedicated to nZEB concept and various features, however, the concept and its related studies pay little or no attention to a healthy living environment creation across the mainstream approach. With a help of other building programmes, such as healthy building design, building biology and eco-house concept this gap was filled with a content of specific key recommendations and design guidelines, which were taken and adjusted from those perspectives into the currently given concept and guidelines for a standard nearly zero-energy building design, thus forming the initial design, which was later up-dated with an empirical knowledge. The study used a design science approach to create a design for a healthy nZEB.Through the data collection by interviewing top local academic and industry experts in Latvia an adjusted nZEB prototype design with the focus on healthy living environment creation and the specific climatic conditions in Latvia was devised. As a result, of the synthesis of theory and empirical findings a revised design for a human health friendly nearly zero-energy family house prototype building was made to be an example of nZEB concept adaptation to the local climate in Latvia. Also, this prototype building is a blueprint for a truly healthy living environment, through a careful building material and components assessment. In conclusion, there is an overall lack of `healthy building design` prevalence within the mainstream approach of nZEBs. Nearly zero-energy building (residential building) can be successfully designed by using almost only benign building materials, thus aiming for a chemical-free living environment for the enhancement of occupants` health and well-being while maintaining high energy-efficiency. en
dc.format.extent 85+17
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Designing a healthy nearly zero-energy family house prototype in Latvia. en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Perustieteiden korkeakoulu fi
dc.subject.keyword energy-efficiency en
dc.subject.keyword nearly zero-energy en
dc.subject.keyword health en
dc.subject.keyword prototype en
dc.subject.keyword building materials en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201812075906
dc.programme.major Maa-20.3395 fi
dc.programme.mcode Maa-20.3395 fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Jääskeläinen, Mikko
dc.programme Master’s Degree Programme in International Design Business Management (IDBM) fi
local.aalto.electroniconly yes
local.aalto.openaccess no

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