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EMISS: A Program for Estimating Local Air Pollution Emission Factors Related to Energy Use in Buildings. User's Guide and Reference Manual.


pdf icon EMISS: A Program for Estimating Local Air Pollution Emission Factors Related to Energy Use in Buildings. User's Guide and Reference Manual. (1483 K)
Petersen, S. R.

NISTIR 5704; 33 p. October 1995.

Sponsor:

Department of Energy, Washington, DC

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB96-109566

Keywords:

air pollution; emissions; manuals; computer programs; life cycle cost; energy conservation; carbon dioxide; sulfur dioxide; nitrous oxide

Abstract:

EMISS is a computer program used to generate data files with regional or local air pollution emission factors for use with the NIST BLCC (Building Life-Cycle Cost) program. BLCC uses these emission factors to calculate air pollution emissions associated with energy use in buildings and reductions in those emissions attributable to energy conservation measures. Three types of emission factors are currently included in EMISS data files: carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxide. Emission factors are specified separately for six different end-use energy types: electricity, distillate and residual fuel oil, natural gas, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), and coal. Emission factors for fossil fuels can be regionalized or localized by specifying the percentage of sulfur in the fuel, the heating content of the fuel, and the end-use combustion process at the building site. A data base with state-specific electricity emission factors and U.S. average sulfur content of fossil fuels provides default data for use in setting up a regional or local emission factors file. EMISS is intended for use on an IBM or compatible PC running under DOS.