Title

Determining Appropriate Heating and Cooling Thermostat Set Points for Building Energy Simulations for Residential Buildings in North America

Report Number

FSEC-CR-2010-13

URL

http://publications.energyresearch.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FSEC-CR-2010-13.pdf

Keywords

Buildings; Heating; Cooling

Abstract

Existing building energy simulation tools have a purported tendency to over-predict heating use and, in some cases, to under-predict cooling use, an outcome often attributed to inappropriate assumptions about thermostat management. As a result, a systematic review was conducted for the purposes of determining typical heating and cooling set points for single-family houses in North America. The preliminary consensus results provide an empirical basis for establishing typical inputs for building energy simulation models, increasing prediction accuracy of heating and cooling loads. The results of this review have been applied as default values in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Home Energy Saver and Home Energy Scoring Tools, significantly improving on values previously in use.

Date Published

5-1-2013

Subjects

Buildings - Cooling; Heating

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