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Title: Targeting household energy efficiency measures using sensitivity analysis
Authors: Firth, Steven K.
Lomas, Kevin J.
Wright, A.J.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Citation: FIRTH, S.K., LOMAS, K.J. and WRIGHT, A.J., 2010. Targeting household energy efficiency measures using sensitivity analysis. Building Research & Information, 38 (1), pp.25-41.
Abstract: The Community Domestic Energy Model (CDEM) has been developed to explore potential routes to reduce CO2 emissions and the model is used to predict the CO2 emissions of the existing English housing stock. The average dwelling CO2 emissions are estimated as 5,827 kgCO2 per year, of which space heating accounts for 53%, water heating 20%, cooking 5% and lights and appliance 22%. Local sensitivity analysis is undertaken for dwellings of different age and type, to investigate the effect on predicted emissions of uncertainty in the model’s inputs. High normalised sensitivity coefficients were calculated for parameters that affect the space heating energy use. The effects of the input uncertainties were linear and superposable, so the impact of multiple uncertainties could be easily determined. The results show that the accumulated impact on national CO2 emissions of the underperformance of energy efficiency measures could be very large. Quality control of the complete energy system in new and refurbished dwellings is essential if national CO2 targets are to be met. Quality control needs to prioritise detached dwellings because their emissions are both the greatest and the most sensitive to all energy efficiency measures. The work demonstrates that the uncertainty in the predictions of stock models can be large; failure to acknowledge this can lead to a false sense of their reliability.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Building Research & Information [© Routledge (Taylor & Francis)] and the definitive version can be found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613210903236706
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/09613210903236706
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/6364
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613210903236706
ISSN: 1466-4321
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