Measured energy consumption of a group of low-energy houses

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ConferenceForging the Solar Transition : Proceedings of Solwest 80 - the Joint Solar Conference: 06 August 1980, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Pages294298; # of pages: 5
Subjectsolar heating; energy; consumption; passive solar homes; electric heating; saskatoon area; space heating measurements; total energy consumption measurements; Energy efficiency
AbstractApproximately 50 low-energy passive solar houses have been constructed in the Saskatoon area to date. Quantitative measurements are now presented on the space heating and total energy consumption of a group of these houses. The average space heating energy consumption for electrically heated, detached residences built before 1970 in the Saskatoon area is about 670 MJ/m[2] of total floor area for a heating season of 6077 Celsius degree-days. Of the 13 low- energy buildings surveyed, the total energy consumption figures varied from 121 to 499 MJ/m[2] during the winter of 1979-80, with all but two of the buildings in the range of 121 to 240 MJ/m[2]. Average consumption for the 13 buildings was 218 MJ/m[2]. Features common to the low- energy houses are: i) improved air tightness with controlled ventilation, ii) insulation levels approximately three times the present minimum standard, iii) use of south windows for passive solar gain.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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