Towards Energy-Efficient Residential Buildings in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Exploring Energy Retrofitting Options and Assessing Their Feasibility.

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Delft University of Technology
The thesis investigates the energy retrofitting of existing residential buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the building sector responsible for a significant proportion of the nation's energy consumption. The research introduces a comprehensive methodology tailored for the unique architectural and social contexts of KSA, aimed at significantly improving energy efficiency and thereby aiding the country in achieving its net-zero emissions target for 2060. Utilizing a case study, the methodology incorporates a detailed analysis of energy performance, identifies suitable retrofitting measures, and evaluates their cost-effectiveness. The study extends beyond the technical aspects of energy retrofitting to address its social relevance. It posits that implementing such measures can lead to substantial energy savings, improved indoor comfort, and superior housing quality. These interventions can also foster greater societal awareness of energy efficiency, counteracting the primary factors contributing to increased electricity costs. Despite the manifold benefits, the research identifies potential resistance from residents, which could arise from heightened expectations of energy upgrade providers. Interestingly, this reluctance may serve as a catalyst for providers to improve the quality of their products and services, ultimately enhancing market standards for energy-efficient solutions. Furthermore, the thesis argues that energy retrofitting could stimulate job creation and elevate the status of architectural specialties, thereby supporting broader economic development and social well-being. The thesis concludes by recommending that state decision-makers actively incentivize energy retrofitting to harvest its multitude of benefits, from enhancing energy efficiency to contributing to economic growth and sustainable development. The proposed methodology offers a robust framework for stakeholders, paving the way for a more energy-efficient, economically viable, and socially responsible residential building sector in KSA.
energy consumption, Saudi Arabia, building envelope, energy efficiency, average annual energy consumption (AAEC), residential building, Jeddah