Program Design Analysis using BEopt Building Energy Optimization Software: Defining a Technology Pathway Leading to New Homes with Zero Peak Cooling Demand; Preprint
An optimization method based on the evaluation of a broad range of different combinations of specific energy efficiency and renewable-energy options is used to determine the least-cost pathway to the development of new homes with zero peak cooling demand. The optimization approach conducts a sequential search of a large number of possible option combinations and uses the most cost-effective alternatives to generate a least-cost curve to achieve home-performance levels ranging from a Title 24-compliant home to a home that uses zero net source energy on an annual basis. By evaluating peak cooling load reductions on the least-cost curve, it is then possible to determine the most cost-effective combination of energy efficiency and renewable-energy options that both maximize annual energy savings and minimize peak-cooling demand.
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- Conference: To be presented at the 2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 13-18 August 2006, Pacific Grove, California
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- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
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- 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 99 FEDERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE BUILDING AMERICA; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY; BEOPT BUILDING ENERGY OPTIMIZATION SOFTWARE; ZERO PEAK COOLING DEMAND; ENERGY EFFICIENT RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; Buildings
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