Summary of Gaps for Implementing Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards

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The 2010 Residential Energy Efficiency Meeting was held in Denver from July 20-22, 2010, with more than 200 professionals in attendance. Its major focus was overcoming the key barriers to implementing residential energy efficiency strategies in the U.S. market. One of the key topics was Space Conditioning Systems. Key gaps, barriers and/or issues for this topic include:

  • Existing systems – difficult to know expected efficiency; need library/database of performance expectations for different makes and models. Manufacturers don’t have incentive to provide this information.
  • Efficiency index uses some objective measurements/calculations to make a statement about operating efficiency. Needs data from a no-fault model.
  • Dehumidification needed when little or no sensible cooling is needed, but humidity needs to be removed. Humidity control has been a corollary to sensible cooling, not a purpose of the equipment.

The sessions also covered potential next steps to overcome these issues, providing a more affordable energy-efficient plan for homes. Explore what those remedies entail.

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