The zero-peak house: full-scale experiments and demonstration

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2013.05.004
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TypeArticle
Journal titleEnergy and Buildings
ISSN0378-7788
Volume64
Pages483492; # of pages: 10
Subjectresidential; demande response; summer; electricity; peak demand; Canada; house; shading; air conditioning; PV
AbstractHouses represent a substantial fraction of the summer peak electrical load, and therefore measures to reduce peak demand at the household level may be valuable in stabilizing the grid and lowering peak costs. We conducted studies in geometrically-identical, side-by-side full-scale detached houses. One house was operated in a conventional manner and provided a typical reference case. In the other house we applied a variety of measures designed to reduce or shift load from peak periods. Our results demonstrated that a combination of practical operational modifications (air-conditioner cycling, doing laundry later in the evening) and commercially-available technology (exterior shading, modest PV array, energy-efficient lighting) was able to dramatically reduce (in some cases to zero) the peak electrical demand from the grid on the hottest days of the year.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationConstruction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierS0378778813002739
NRC numberNRC-CONST-55397
NPARC number21268579
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