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Low-Cost Evaluation of Energy Savings at the Community Scale.


DE141159762

Publication Date 2012
Page Count 2
Abstract A new construction pilot community was constructed by builder-partner Wathen-Castanos Hybrid Homes (WCHH) based on a single occupied test house that was designed to achieve greater than 30% energy savings with respect to the House Simulation Protocols (Hendron, Robert; Engebrecht, Cheryn (2010). Building America House Simulation Protocols. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.). Builders face several key problems when implementing a whole-house systems integrated measures package (SIMP) from a single test house into multiple houses. Although a technical solution already may have been evaluated and validated in an individual test house, the potential exists for constructability failures at the community scale. This report addresses factors of implementation and scalability at the community scale and proposes methodologies by which community-scale energy evaluations can be performed based on results at the occupied test house level. Research focused on the builder and trade implementation of a SIMP and the actual utility usage in the houses at the community scale of production. Five occupants participated in this community-scale research by providing utility bills and information on occupancy and miscellaneous gas and electric appliance use for their houses. IBACOS used these utility data and background information to analyze the actual energy performance of the houses. Verification with measured data is an important component in predictive energy modeling. The actual utility bill readings were compared to projected energy consumption using BEopt with actual weather and thermostat set points for normalization.
Keywords
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy savings
  • Residential buildings
  • Test methods
  • Single-family homes
Source Agency
  • Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category
  • 97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
  • 97J - Heating & Cooling Systems
Corporate Authors Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 201509
Low-Cost Evaluation of Energy Savings at the Community Scale.
Low-Cost Evaluation of Energy Savings at the Community Scale.
DE141159762

  • Energy conservation
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy savings
  • Residential buildings
  • Test methods
  • Single-family homes
  • Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
  • 97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
  • 97J - Heating & Cooling Systems
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