This paper presents a methodology to measure the effect of economic incentives on energy-cost optimal curves. A case-study using a net-zero energy home, located in Montréal, demonstrated the methodology. An EnergyPlus model evaluated the net-energy consumption objective function using 17 design variables. The life-cycle cost objective function was evaluated by post-processing energy simulation results. A multiobjective evolutionary algorithm searched the solution space for energy-cost optimal curves. The proposed methodology may be useful for policy makers seeking opportunities to reduce the initial and life-cycle costs of high-performance buildings. Copyright

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Conference 13th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, BS 2013
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Bucking, S, Athienitis, A. (Andreas), & Zmeureanu, R. (Radu). (2013). An optimization methodology to evaluate the effect size of incentives on energy-cost optimal curves. In Proceedings of BS 2013: 13th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (pp. 1844–1851).