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The energy performance of residential buildings depends on a large number of interrelated factors. The present paper outlines an approach to developing a building thermal simulation model through real-time data and sensitivity analyses. To this end, three existing multi-family apartment buildings in Pristina, Kosovo, were selected. Initially, thermal simulation models were created using multiple data sources. Model outputs were further evaluated via comparison with available and measured data. Consequently, the most influential input parameters were identified and adjusted to calibrate the models. The resulting calibrated models can be deployed to investigate the potential of alternative retrofit measures.
The need to decrease energy use represents a challenge particularly in developing countries, including Kosovo, considering the unsustainable, insufficient, and inconsistent energy supply. This contribution presents a simplified yet comprehensive approach to evaluate the energy performance improvement potential of three selected multi-family residential buildings using building energy models generated from calibrated and simplified input parameters. To this end, alternative retrofit measures were tested via a simulation-based parametric study. The energy benefit of each retrofit alternative was estimated and analyzed. Results are expected to provide valuable information towards outlining design guidelines for energy-efficient residential buildings in Kosovo.