What is it about?

This study surveyed possible and currently applicable technologies on residential buildings and have simulated them on a model building to understand possible energy savings by existing technologies, as well as quantify their impacts and interaction with one another. The aim was to quantify and recommend what engineers can do today when constructing new buildings to minimize future impacts that would occur throughout the lifetime of a building.

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Why is it important?

Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of global energy consumption [1]. Therefore, they are also capable of saving significant amount of energy and environmental emissions if they are managed well. Results of this study indicate annual overall energy savings of 114 kWh/m2 in a detached single family home, which represents a 39% reduction in building total energy consumption in addition to and beyond the energy efficiency gains required by the 2012 IECC.

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This page is a summary of: Energy efficiency of residential buildings in the U.S.: Improvement potential beyond IECC, Building and Environment, September 2018, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.06.029.
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