Residential energy consumption and conservation
2015 (English)In: Energy and Buildings, ISSN 0378-7788, E-ISSN 1872-6178, Vol. 102, 58-66 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
The Swedish energy performance certificates for single-family housing provide rich information on energy consumption and various physical attributes. They also include estimates of the energy conservation potentials resulting from implementing cost-efficient energy saving measures. By matching the certificates issued for single-family houses in 2009 and 2010, with socio-economic data about the residents, local climate data and information about recent improvements of the building we have created a unique database, which can be used to explore a wide variety of questions related to energy consumption and conservation. One aim of this paper is to assess the role for energy consumption played by socio-economic characteristics of the residents as compared to physical attributes of the house. Another is to estimate the influence of housing attributes and climate on the "engineering estimates" of the conservation potentials. Our results show that while the quantitative impact of physical attributes dominate the energy use for heating and cooling, the opposite holds for household electricity. The assessed conservation potential, amounting to 15% of the energy consumption, is significantly related to both the housing attributes and the use of energy. The results also indicate a need to improve the information provided by the performance certificates.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 102, 58-66 p.
Building attributes, Energy consumption, Energy performance certificate, Energy saving potential, Household characteristics, Single-family houses
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Economics
Research subject Planning and Decision Analysis; Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-166838DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.05.008ISI: 000358458100005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84930933027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-166838DiVA: diva2:812641
QC 201508272015-05-192015-05-192015-08-27Bibliographically approved