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Energy use in buildings

SINTEF conducts research on energy use in different buildings, including analysis of energy measurements and other measurement data, simulation of energy use in buildings and areas, load profiles (hourly energy profiles), energy flexibility, electric car charging and use of solar energy.

Over a third of the energy consumed in Norway is used in buildings. There is great potential for reducing energy use in the building stock through energy efficiency and freeing up electricity from buildings to other sectors.

We work within the following fields:

  • Energy use in buildings and energy measurements: SINTEF collects energy measurements and analyzes the energy use patterns and load profiles of different building categories.
  • Load profiles in buildings: SINTEF simulates expected hourly loads in an area with buildings based on climate, building categories, and age of the building stock.
  • Charging of electric vehicles (EVs): SINTEF analyzes energy consumtption from charging EVs. Charging of EVs is considered a flexible energy load since it is possible to adapt both start and end of charging.
  • Use of solar energy in buildings: Solar energy installations in buildings can produce energy for buildings and neighborhoods. SINTEF analyzes how this energy production matches energy use in the buildings.

Typical projects include:

Why choose SINTEF?

SINTEF conducts research on energy use and energy generation in single buildings, neighborhoods and the national building mass. By combining actual measurements with simulations and knowledge of individual components in buildings, we are able to provide realistic and comprehensive analyzes of the energy use in buildings.