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(archived) TM38 Renewable energy sources for buildings (pdf) (2006)
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(archived) TM38 Renewable energy sources for buildings (pdf) (2006)

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This publication was archived on 20th November 2020, and should not be used on current projects. It is provided here for information purposes only. This publication has now been superseded, mainly by chapter 9 of Guide L: Sustainability (2020).


Contents of Renewable energy sources for buildings (2006):

  • 1. Purpose of this publication
    • 1.1 Printed guidance
    • 1.2 Software tool
    • 1.3 Target audience
  • 2. Context
    • 2.1 What are low or zero carbon energy technologies?
    • 2.2 Building-integrated LZC energy sources
    • 2.3 Guidance and regulations surrounding LZC energy sources
    • 2.4 Building energy efficiency versus renewable energy
    • 2.5 Low energy building design
    • 2.6 How to select LZC technologies
  • 3. How to use the decision support tool
    • 3.1 Stage 1: Comparison of relative performance
    • 3.2 Stage 2: Initial technology assessment
  • 4. Low or zero carbon technologies
    • 4.1 Technologies covered by this guidance
    • 4.2 Solar thermal
    • 4.3 Photovoltaics (PV)
    • 4.4 District heating and cooling
    • 4.5 Combined heat and power
    • 4.6 Ground source cooling
    • 4.7 Ground source heat pumps
    • 4.8 Wind power
    • 4.9 Biofuels
  • 5. Supplementary technologies
    • 5.1 Energy storage
    • 5.2 Inverters and synchronisation
    • 5.3 Absorption cooling
  • Appendix A1: Further reading and websites
  • Appendix A2: Case studies
  • Appendix A3: Carbon dioxide emission factors


Principal author: Andrew Thorne (BRE)

Contributors: Brian Mark (Fulcrum Consulting); Tessa Parnell (Fulcrum Consulting)