Effects of Resource Impact Factors on Energy Conservation Standards for Buildings. Building Science Series (Final).
Effects of Resource Impact Factors on Energy
Conservation Standards for Buildings. Building Science
Weber, S. F.
NBS BSS 114; September 1978.
Sponsor:Department of Energy, Washington, DC
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB-286909/7
This report addresses the question of the proper price
for energy to be used in the development of optimum
(i.e., cost-effective) energy conservation performance
standards for buildings. It finds that the appropriate
price for energy is its social value, which can be
determined through the development and application of
Resource Impact Factors (RIF's). Some guidelines are
provided for the formulation and development of RIF's. A
life-cycle cost minimization model for determining the
optimum conservation standard is employed to show how
the use of RIF's would generally lower the maximum
allowable energy consumption specified in the standard.
Finally, geometric and algebraic measures are derived
for the net gain in economic efficiency that would
result from using RIF's in developing energy
conservation performance standards.