Measured and predicted energy consumption in entry level homes
Energy efficiency of all forms is a major area of research; particularly in housing. Engineers, working along side of builders and architects, are designing homes to be more energy efficient than ever. Recent trends have shifted the energy savings focus to smaller, entry level housing.
Recent advances in computers have enabled powerful simulations to be used to predict energy savings in homes. The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is developing software, Energy Gauge USA, that talces advantage of today's powerful computer systems to run detailed hourly simulations.
Measured hourly data from three entry level homes in Apopka, FL, was compared to the simulated hourly output data of Energy Gauge USA to assess the validity of the simulation. These three homes were built with different building techniques. The monitoring period took place under unoccupied conditions during a summer month with varying internal thermostat settings. Outside weather data was recorded and used in the simulation run.
Overall, the simulation is very accurate in predicting energy consumption in entry level homes. Confidence intervals for the ratio of the variances and the difference of the means show very promising results. Additionally, the differences are centered around zero with no patterns or trends. These results will provide the developers of the software with a solid foundation of the accuracy of the software.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Engineering
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Fuehrlein, Brian, "Measured and predicted energy consumption in entry level homes" (1999). HIM 1990-2015. 172.