How Do Buildings Use Energy? New Public End-Use Load Profiles for the U.S. Building Stock
End-use load profiles that describe how and when buildings use energy help utility planners, regulators, state energy offices, researchers, and building owners understand how to best manage energy use. For example, load profiles can identify energy-consuming activities that can be shifted to different times of the day to reduce utility costs customer bills.
Join a free webinar on October 28, 2021 at 12 pm ET / 9 am PT to learn about a new, publicly available dataset of calibrated and validated synthetic load profiles for U.S. residential and commercial buildings and what it can mean for policy and program design. Presenters include:
- David Nemtzow, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
- Eric Wilson and Andrew Parker, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Natalie Mims Frick, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Register at https://lbnl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VuD66o-8QCOse5jieAD8pw.
For several years, researchers have used DOE’s ResStock™ and ComStock™ models, developed and maintained by NREL, to understand building energy use. With support from DOE’s Building Technologies Office, a three-year effort by researchers at NREL, Berkeley Lab, and Argonne National Laboratory calibrated and validated these models at an hourly scale for all major end uses, residential and commercial building types, and climate regions in the United States.
With assistance and guidance from a large technical advisory group, researchers obtained hourly utility meter data from 11 utilities and more than 2.3 million customers, end-use submetering datasets, and other sources. These data were used to inform hundreds of model updates supported by data, which significantly improved the models’ accuracy and usefulness.