Exergy Analysis and Thermoeconomics of Buildings

Exergy Analysis and Thermoeconomics of Buildings

Design and Analysis for Sustainable Energy Systems

1st Edition - September 27, 2019

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  • Authors: Jose Sala-Lizarraga, Ana Picallo Perez
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128176122
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128176115

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Quantifying exergy losses in the energy supply system of buildings reveals the potential for energy improvement, which cannot be discovered using conventional energy analysis. Thermoeconomics combines economic and thermodynamic analysis by applying the concept of cost (an economic concept) to exergy, as exergy is a thermodynamic property fit for this purpose, in that it combines the quantity of energy with its quality factor. Exergy Analysis and Thermoeconomics of Buildings applies exergy analysis methods and thermoeconomics to the built environment. The mechanisms of heat transfer throughout the envelope of buildings are analyzed from an exergy perspective and then to the building thermal installations, analyzing the different components, such as condensing boilers, absorption refrigerators, microcogeneration plants, etc., including solar installations and finally the thermal facilities as a whole. A detailed analysis of the cost formation process is presented, which has its physical roots firmly planted in the second law of thermodynamics. The basic principles and the rules of cost allocation, in energy units (exergy cost), in monetary units (exergoeconomic cost), and in CO2 emissions (exergoenvironmental cost), based on the so-called Exergy Cost Theory are presented and applied to thermal installations of buildings. Clear and rigorous in its exposition, Exergy Analysis and Thermoeconomics of Buildings discusses exergy analysis and thermoeconomics and the role they could play in the analysis and design of building components, either the envelope or the thermal facilities, as well as the diagnosis of thermal installations. This book moves progressively from introducing the basic concepts to applying them. Exergy Analysis and Thermoeconomics of Buildings provides examples of specific cases throughout this book. These cases include real data, so that the results obtained are useful to interpret the inefficiencies and losses that truly occur in actual installations; hence, the assessment of their effects encourages the manner to improve efficiency.

Key Features

  • Applies exergy analysis methods for the installation of building thermal facilities equipment components, including pipes, valves, heat exchangers, boilers and heat pumps
  • Helps readers determine the operational costs of heating and cooling building systems
  • Includes exergy analysis methods that are devoted to absorption refrigerators, adsorption cooling systems, basic air conditioning processes, ventilation systems and solar systems, either thermal and PV
  • Discusses the direct application of exergy analysis concepts, including examples of buildings with typical heating, DHW and air conditioning installations


Civil Engineers, Environmental Engineers, and Construction Engineers, Architects, and Mechanical Engineers

Table of Contents

  • Section A Foundations of exergy theory
    1 Efficient buildings and the arguments for incorporating exergy
    2 Quality of energy and exergy
    3 Calculation of physical and chemical exergy
    Section B Exergy analysis of the envelope and thermal installations
    4 Exergy analysis of heat transmission in buildings
    5 Exergy analysis of thermal facilities equipment in buildings (I)
    6 Exergy analysis of thermal equipment in buildings (II)
    Section C Thermoeconomics and symbolic thermoeconomics. Costs and diagnosis of installations
    7 Thermoeconomics of the thermal installations of buildings
    8 Symbolic Thermoeconomics applied to thermal facilities
    9 Operational diagnosis of thermal installations in buildings
    Section D Sustainability and exergy in buildings
    10 Sustainability and exergy in buildings
    11 Application of exergecoeconomic and exergoenvironmental analysis to several cases of building thermal systems
    Section E Design and thermoeconomics in buildings
    12 Optimization and design of the envelope and thermal installations of buildings
    Section F Exergy in the thermodynamics of continuous media
    13 Exergy in continuous media. Application to equipment design

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1114
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2019
  • Published: September 27, 2019
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128176122
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128176115

About the Authors

Jose Sala-Lizarraga

José Mª P Sala Lizarraga got a Ph.D. in Thermal Engineering at the School of Engineering of Bilbao, a degree in Physical Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid and an M.Phil. in Theoretical Physics at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the University of Sussex (U.K.) His professional life has been devoted mainly to lecturing and research. Since 1983 he is Professor of Thermodynamics and Physical Chemistry at the School of Engineering of Bilbao, University of the Basque Country. He also worked for several years as Technical Director for an engineering company dedicated mainly to the development of power plant projects. His lines of research are energy analysis and the simulation of industrial equipment and processes, as well as energy efficiency in buildings. He has published more than one hundred articles in international journals, has presented communications in more than eighty international congresses, is the author of three patents and has written numerous technical reports and twelve books on thermodynamics and on cogeneration.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Thermal Engineering, Campus Bizkaia, Universidad del Pais Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

Ana Picallo Perez

Ana Picallo Perez, currently an interim university professor (at ETSI Bilbao) and a researcher at the consolidated ENEDI group, got the PhD in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Engineering and Architecture area in 01/2019 thanks to the Basque Government's predoctoral fellowship. In addition, she previously participated as a Personal Researcher Contracted by the School of Engineering of Bilbao. Her research areas are related to testing, analysis and optimization of building energy supply systems, Thermoeconomics and diagnosis application in buildings. Likewise, according to those areas, she made 6 publications in JCR journals, a book chapter and she contributed in more than 15 international and national congresses since 2015. She did 3 quarterly stays: first one at Technische Universität Berlin (2017), second at L'Università degli Studi di Palermo (2018) and third at L'Università degli Studi di Padova (2018) for deepening her PhD. Additionally, she attended 5th academic year of Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino (Italy, 2014).

Affiliations and Expertise

Interim Professor at ETSI Bilbao

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