Identifying opportunities, challenges and methodologies to introduce energy conservation measures in existing buildings

dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.advisorBurman, David
dc.contributor.authorSudorgina, Margarita
dc.contributor.schoolInsinööritieteiden korkeakoulufi
dc.contributor.supervisorJärvinen, Mika
dc.description.abstractThis master thesis analyses the quality and level of implementation of energy conservation methods in the built environment with the focus on the hotel industry and corresponding business opportunities to gain profits for all involved stakeholders regarding economy, efficiency, environment and green image. The main objective of the thesis is to reveal challenges and barriers that hinder implementation of the energy conservation measures in the built environment in general and in the hotels particularly that represent a vast share of the built environment. Not only are energy saving potential and energy conservation measures considered in the thesis, but also the following repercussions, beneficially resulting in the green image, prestige and enhanced popularity of a hotel or a hotel chain in front of customers. In the first part of the thesis, the extensive literature research was carried out, based mainly on last-updated directives and other regulation documents, establishing measures for promotions of energy efficiency within the built environment in the European Union. The research was mainly carried out with regard to the hotel industry. In the second part of the thesis, a real-based case study object, a newly built hotel in Stockholm, was considered and obtained knowledge under the research was applied to analyse the energy and environment performance of the object, discuss the current energy system and evaluate the potential gaps for energy consumption reduction in order to reduce the maintenance and operation bills. Finally, it was concluded that there is always a gap for energy improvement even in the relatively new constructions, however, certain barriers exist, which are mainly the lack of knowledge about the availability of the financial schemes, as well as uncertainly of efficient return of investment.en
dc.programmeMaster’s Degree Programme in Energy and HVAC Technologyfi
dc.programme.majorInnovative and Sustainable Energy Engineeringfi
dc.subject.keywordenergy conservation methodsen
dc.subject.keywordenergy efficiencyen
dc.subject.keywordenergy performanceen
dc.subject.keywordhotel industryen
dc.titleIdentifying opportunities, challenges and methodologies to introduce energy conservation measures in existing buildingsen
dc.typeG2 Pro gradu, diplomityöen
dc.type.okmG2 Pro gradu, diplomityö
dc.type.ontasotMaster's thesisen