Sara A. Alsaadani
Thermal zoning in speculative office buildings: Discussing the connections between space layout and inside thermal control.
This paper discusses how different office space layouts affect the predicted heating and cooling energy demands in speculative office buildings. The discussion is based on energy simulations of a case study office floor plan layout situated in London. Significant variations in predicted energy demands were found. Examining the free-float inside air temperature profiles led to the conclusion that the thermal behaviour of each zone is mainly influenced by the relationships between different combinations of floor area, window area and internal gains. This means that different ways of describing the building other than its zoning are necessary to assess the potential ranges of thermal behaviour in speculative office buildings.