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A Heating and Cooling Load Model for Single-Family Detached Dwellings in Energy Survey Data

Dubin, Jeffrey A. and McFadden, Daniel L. (1983) A Heating and Cooling Load Model for Single-Family Detached Dwellings in Energy Survey Data. Social Science Working Paper, 469. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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The National Interim Energy Consumption Survey (NIECS) and the Pacific Northwest Residential Energy Survey (PNW) are clustered random samples of households interviewed between 1978 and 1980. These surveys report household equipment holdings and energy consumption levels by fuel, as well as selected household and dwelling characteristics. To study the economic determinants of equipment and usage behavior, it is necessary to first describe the economic environment in which behavior is determined. This technical report carries out the construction of heating-ventilating-air conditioning (BVAC) physical characteristics and costs for the alternative systems available to single-family owner-occupied households. The approach of this report is to construct a very simple thermal model of representative dwellings with characteristics corresponding to those available in typical energy survey data. This model is used to estimate heating and cooling capacity requirements, energy usage, and physical characteristics, for households in the (NIECS) and (PNW) surveys. Cost data from Means (1981) are then used to estimate the capital and operating costs of 19 alternative BVAC configurations for the actual thermal integrity of the building shell and for two alternative thermal standards.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Alternate Title:A Thermal Model for Single-Family, Owner-Occupied Detached Dwellings
Additional Information:This paper revises and extends and earlier draft entitled, “A Thermal Model for Single-Family, Owner-Occupied Detached Dwellings,” in the National Interim Energy Consumption Survey,” MIT Energy Laboratory Discussion Paper No. 25. MIT-EL 82-040WP. Research was supported in part by NSF Grant No. 80-16043-DAR, Department of Energy under Contract No. EX-76-A-01-2295, Task Order 67, and the Environmental Quality Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology. We wish to acknowledge a substantial contribution to this research by Tom Cowing, who provided weather and location data for NIECS households, and to Jean Rimpo, who provided assistance with the Pacific Northwest Data.
Group:Social Science Working Papers, Environmental Quality Laboratory
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Department of Energy (DOE)EX-76-A-01-2295
Environmental Quality LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:469
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