Selection of energy efficiency measures to enhance the effectiveness of pre-cooling in residential buildings in hot arid climate

Reza Arababadi, Mohamed Elzomor, Kristen Parrish

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Abstract

Energy efficiency represents the most cost-effective way to achieve energy goals, as it does not require investment in renewable energy and is often achievable through low-cost technology retrofits or behavior modifications. This study investigates the impacts of energy efficiency measures on the effectiveness of pre-cooling in residential buildings as a means of reducing operating peak loads and costs in a home. This study simulated (and validated the simulation through monitoring) a typical residential building in Phoenix, Arizona to analyze the impact of upgrading a residential building that implements pre-cooling with two scenarios: (1) match the benchmark of ASHRAE 90.2–2007, and (2) surpass the standard by enhancing its properties to reduce the total energy demand by 20%. This article contributes to the body of knowledge by demonstrating a method to identify and select those types of efficiency measures that best enhance the effectiveness of pre-cooling strategies in residential buildings in a hot–arid climate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)858-867
Number of pages10
JournalScience and Technology for the Built Environment
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 4 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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