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Assessing the Market and Space-Conditioning Needs of Low-Load Homes

High performance, low-load homes face unique space conditioning challenges that are not adequately addressed by HVAC design practices and equipment offerings. Equipment manufacturers have yet to include a diverse set of low-capacity equipment in their product offerings due to a lack of understanding of (1) where the low-load home market is headed and (2) the load profiles typical to low-load homes. This project looks to address both of these information gaps and ultimately send the necessary low-capacity equipment market signals to manufacturers, enabling them to design better products to meet production builder needs. The team will develop a technical whitepaper and presentation on the performance and cost tradeoffs of various equipment types/systems at meeting the comfort requirements of low-load homes, and forecasting the market penetration and equipment needs for these low-load homes.

Program Information
Funding Organization: 
Department of Energy
Program Area: 
Residential Buildings Integration
Sub-Program: 
Building America
Project Manager: 
Eric Werling
Agreement Type: 
Lab Award
Scope
Funded Performer: 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Agreement Total: 
$40,000
Match Total: 
$0
Project Start Date: 
June 15, 2016
Project End Date: 
September 30, 2018
Project Details
Ongoing Initiative or Research Project: 
Research Project
Grid, Whole Building, or Technology: 
Technology
Technology Type: 
HVAC
Building Type: 
Single Family, Multifamily, Commercial
New or Existing: 
New
DR Focus?: 
No
Code/Standard Focus?: 
No