Secondary Author(s)

Chandra, Subrato; Parker, Danny; Sherwin, John; Beal, David; Hoak, David; Moyer, Neil; McIlvaine, Janet

Report Number




Energy Consumption; Buildings; Cooling


Long-term monitoring of building energy use and environmental conditions has been a strong component of FSEC research since the 1980s. Fully-automated data collection, verification, archiving and management ensure accurate logging of large amounts of data simultaneously from numerous field sites prior to being made available for analysis and display via the internet. Homes are typically monitored using 15 to 50 channels of data to measure indoor and outdoor environmental conditions and energy use of heating, cooling, water heating, whole house, and other points (e.g. Solar PV or Solar DHW) if needed.

Energy performance in many Building America homes has been documented with measured data collected over several years to verify savings projections. An evaluation of measured cooling performance is presented with data from nine homes in three climate regions. Data from potential zero energy homes and minimum code homes provide upper and lower performance bounds. Comparisons are based on regression analysis of daily cooling energy per 1,000 square foot of floor area versus average daily temperature difference (outdoor-indoor).

Date Published



Original Publication: Chasar, D., Chandra, S., Parker, D., Sherwin, J., Beal, D., Hoak, D., Moyer, N., McIlvaine, J., "Cooling Performance Assessment of Building America Homes", Fifteenth Symposium on Improving Building Systems in Hot and Humid Climates, July 24-26, 2006, Orlando, FL

Local Subjects

Buildings - Cooling; Buildings - Energy Consumption


FSEC Energy Research Center® Collection



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