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Re-assessment of national energy codes in Jordan in terms of energy consumption and solar right in residential buildings

Al Zoubi, Hussain; Dwairi, Shadan


Hussain Al Zoubi

Shadan Dwairi
Lecturer in BIM, Management and Logistics


The need for energy efficiency codes is increasing worldwide due to the continual decrease in the non- renewable energy resources such as fossil fuels. The time has come to improve the utilization of sustainable energy resources such as solar energy, wind, and water.
In Jordan, the need for developing energy codes manifests because of the great dependency on non-renewable resources which is considered a great obstacle against the national economy strategy.
This paper tests the Jordanian Energy Efficiency Codes, whether they are effective in finding solutions to provide comfortable indoor environment with the least dependency on technical and mechanical solutions.
The paper selected ten items in the Jordanian energy efficiency code , that deal with solar energy, in terms of heating and cooling loads, to find better solutions for better building performance.
It studies the set back regulations in the Greater Amman Municipality in Jordan to show how these regulations affect households in obtaining their solar rights.
Computer simulation conducted by DEROB-LTH (Building Energy Software Tools Directory) was utilized to test the existing regulations to explore their effectiveness and efficiencies in obtaining the solar right in residential buildings. The results show that the existing regulations are not successful in providing the apartment blocks in Amman with their solar energy right.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 31, 2015
Journal Sustainable Cities and Society
Print ISSN 2210-6707
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Pages 161-165
Institution Citation Al Zoubi, H., & Dwairi, S. (2015). Re-assessment of national energy codes in Jordan in terms of energy consumption and solar right in residential buildings. Sustainable Cities and Society, 15, 161-165.
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