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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


Effects of Variations of Occupant Behavior on Residential Building Net Zero Energy Performance

Michael Brandemuehl, Kristin Field

Abstract: The objective of the work is to identify the types of occupant-driven residential behaviour variations that most significantly impact a designer’s ability to predict energy consumption and peak electrical demand of a house. The study compares the sensitivities of results for a typical house and compares with a house designed to achieve net zero energy consumption, where occupant-driven loads are more influential. The results, generated using EnergyPlus, suggest that cooling setpoints and lighting power have the most influence for a typical house, while plug loads and schedule randomization have more influence over the net zero energy house.
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