Journal article

The relationship between house size and life cycle energy demand: Implications for energy efficiency regulations for buildings

A Stephan, RH Crawford

Energy | Elsevier | Published : 2016


House size has significantly increased over the recent decades in many countries. Larger houses often have a higher life cycle energy demand due to their increased use of materials and larger area to heat, cool and light. Yet, most energy efficiency regulations for buildings fail to adequately include requirements for addressing the energy demand associated with house size. This study quantifies the effect of house size on life cycle energy demand in order to inform future regulations. It uses a parametric model of a typical detached house in Melbourne, Australia and varies its floor area from 100 to 392 m2 for four different household sizes. Both initial and recurrent embodied energy requi..

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