Actual Energy Consumption in Dwellings

Actual Energy Consumption in Dwellings

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Residential buildings have continuously improved in energy efficiency, partly as a consequence of the introduction of energy regulations in many countries. Although better thermal properties and systems efficiency have lowered energy consumption for space heating in recent decades, substantial differences in energy consumption in similar dwellings are still being observed. These differences in consumption are thought to be caused by differences in occupancy patterns, by quality of construction and by rebound effects.This research addresses the effect of energy performance regulations and occupant behaviour on energy consumption for space and water heating in dwellings built after the introduction of the energy performance regulations in the Netherlands. The results of this research show that improving the energy efficiency of buildings alone is not enough to decrease that energy consumption.Data collection should focus on aspects of behaviour that tend to vary more widely across the population and that seem to ... on the use of thermostat in terms of hours of use and highest setting between houses with manual and programmableanbsp;...

Title:Actual Energy Consumption in Dwellings
Author:Olivia Guerra Santin
Publisher:IOS Press - 2010-01-01


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