The rapid growth in residential air conditioning (cooling) in many parts of the world is resulting in increased energy consumption, significantly affecting central electricity systems, and having adverse environmental consequences. Alternatives to conventional electrically powered vapour-compression air conditioning are emerging. Building performance simulation can be used to assess their feasibility and guide their development, but only if it can accurately characterize the magnitude and temporal variation of cooling loads, including the impact of architectural and site variables (e.g. annual weather changes) as well as the impact of occupant behaviour and interventions (e.g. setpoint temperatures, window shading, window openings). This paper demonstrates how building performance simulation can be employed to study the impact of these factors upon seasonal as well as peak daily cooling loads.

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Conference 11th International IBPSA Conference - Building Simulation 2009, BS 2009
Beausoleil-Morrison, I. (2009). On predicting the magnitude and temporal variation of cooling loads in detached residential buildings. In IBPSA 2009 - International Building Performance Simulation Association 2009 (pp. 300–307).