Solar Heating and Cooling in Buildings: Methods of Economic Evaluation. Final Report.
Solar Heating and Cooling in Buildings: Methods of
Economic Evaluation. Final Report.
Ruegg, R. T.
NBSIR 75-712; July 1975.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: COM-75-11070/0
solar space heating; solar air conditioning; buildings;
economic analysis; benefit cost analysis; life cycles;
insurance; maintenance; mathematical models
This report addresses economic issues important to the
design, and evaluation of solar heating and cooling
systems in buildings. It explains and illustrates with
simple, but realistic examples the use of life-cycle
cost analysis and benefit-cost analysis to evaluate and
compare the economic efficiency of solar and
conventional energy systems. It also explains the
conditions for making cost-effective tradeoffs in solar
system/building design. By presenting the basic methods
and assessing the appropriateness of alternative
assumptions, the paper provides a resource document for
researchers and analysts.