Improving energy-efficiency and indoor climate of livestock buildings through passive and active adaptation measures

Last changed: 15 February 2022

Swedish livestock buildings cover a large area and have long operation hours leading to high annual energy demand.

This project investigates energy use and indoor climate in livestock buildings considering both the actual and projected climate. Since climate change is expected to yield a warmer and more humid climate, the future indoor climate conditions in livestock buildings is at risk. Poor indoor climate leads to impaired animal welfare, reduced production, and reduced hygiene with higher risks for diseases. A systemic analysis of heat-moisture balance and energy systems will be performed in animal stables to identify elements in the building envelope, ventilation, and energy systems that contribute to low energy use and good indoor climate. The main anticipated result of this research is a PhD thesis demonstrating state-of-the-art construction, design and systems that ensure a very low energy use and good indoor climate in the actual as well as future climate. The research will be carried out using the scientific method, based on a combination of measurements and simulations.

Facts:

The project is funded by: Swedish Energy Agency (4 451 135 kr)

Duration of the project: 2022-04-01 to 2025-03-30

Project Leader: Marie-Claude Dubois

Other contributors: Knut-Håkan Jeppsson, Torsten Hörndahl