Research-Based Definition of a PEB

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Currently, no common definition of PEBs exists, which complicates technical solutions’ and business models' development across different climatic zones. This chapter defines a PEB based on thorough research conducted in the EU-funded EXCESS project. The chapter begins with a discussion on PEB backgrounds, such as PEB concepts' origin and comparison of concepts similar to PEB. After that a technical framework is introduced by presenting different technical criteria that need to be considered. Based on the EXCESS project's research, a positive energy building (PEB) is defined as ‘an energy-efficient building that produces more energy than it uses via renewable sources, with high self-consumption rate and high energy flexibility, over a time span of one year’. After the technical framework introduction, a social framework of PEBs is discussed. Finally, a technically and socially feasible PEB definition is provided. This discussion includes PEB as part of an energy community and PEBs in relation to smart readiness indicator.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPositive Energy Buildings
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-87702-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-87701-9, 978-3-030-87704-0
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesGreen Energy and Technology


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