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Actual energy consumption in dwellings. The effect of energy performance regulations and occupant behaviour

Abstract

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 behavior 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. The large differences found in the use of dwellings indicate that, especially in energy efficient houses, occupant behavior provides an opportunity for further reductions in the energy consumption for space heating which could boost the efforts to conserve energy worldwide.
Publication Date:
Oct 19, 2010
Product Type:
Miscellaneous
Resource Relation:
Other Information: TH: Thesis (Dr.); Related Information: Series: Sustainable Urban Areas
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS; OCCUPANTS; BEHAVIOR; SPACE HEATING; WATER HEATING; NETHERLANDS; REGRESSION ANALYSIS; HOUSEHOLDS; DATA ANALYSIS; VENTILATION; NUMERICAL DATA
OSTI ID:
22174961
Research Organizations:
Delft Centre for Sustainable Urban Areas, c/o OTB Research Institute for the built environment, Delft University of Technology TUD, Delft (Netherlands)
Country of Origin:
Netherlands
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 978-1-60750-651-5; ISSN 1574-6410; TRN: NL13E0811
Availability:
Available at http://repository.tudelft.nl/assets/uuid:532dd6da-b026-4215-be7e-89d1ae52da76/guerra_santin_ios.pdf
Submitting Site:
ECN
Size:
254 page(s)
Announcement Date:
Dec 19, 2013

Citation Formats

Guerra Santin, O. Actual energy consumption in dwellings. The effect of energy performance regulations and occupant behaviour. Netherlands: N. p., 2010. Web.
Guerra Santin, O. Actual energy consumption in dwellings. The effect of energy performance regulations and occupant behaviour. Netherlands.
Guerra Santin, O. 2010. "Actual energy consumption in dwellings. The effect of energy performance regulations and occupant behaviour." Netherlands.
@misc{etde_22174961,
title = {Actual energy consumption in dwellings. The effect of energy performance regulations and occupant behaviour}
author = {Guerra Santin, O.}
abstractNote = {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 behavior 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. The large differences found in the use of dwellings indicate that, especially in energy efficient houses, occupant behavior provides an opportunity for further reductions in the energy consumption for space heating which could boost the efforts to conserve energy worldwide.}
place = {Netherlands}
year = {2010}
month = {Oct}
}