A methodology to evaluate energy savings and NOx emissions reductions from the adoption of the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to new residences in non-attainment and affected counties in Texas

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Title: A methodology to evaluate energy savings and NOx emissions reductions from the adoption of the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to new residences in non-attainment and affected counties in Texas
Author: Im, Piljae
Abstract: Currently , four areas of Texas have been designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) as non -attainment areas because they exceeded the national one -hour ground -level ozone standard of 0 .12 parts -per -million (ppm ) . Ozone is formed in the atmosphere by the reaction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs ) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx ) in the presence of heat and sunlight . In May 2002 , The Texas State Legislature passed Senate Bill 5 , the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP ) , to reduce the emissions of NOx by several sources . As part of the 2001 building energy performance standards program which is one of the programs in the TERP , the Texas Legislature established the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC ) as the state energy code . Since September 1 , 2001 , the 2000 IECC has been required for newly constructed single and multifamily houses in Texas . Therefore , this study develops and applies portions of a methodology to calculate the energy savings and NOx emissions reductions from the adoption of the 2000 IECC to new single family houses in non -attainment and affected counties in Texas . To accomplish the objectives of the research , six major tasks were developed : 1 ) baseline data collection , 2 ) development of the 2000 IECC standard building simulation , 3 ) projection of the number of building permits in 2002 , 4 ) comparison of energy simulations , 5 ) validation and , 6 ) NOx emissions reduction calculations . To begin , the 1999 standard residential building characteristics which are the baseline construction data were collected , and the 2000 IECC standard building characteristics were reviewed . Next , the annual and peak -day energy savings were calculated using the DOE -2 building energy simulation program . The building characteristics and the energy savings were then crosschecked using the data from previous studies , a site visit survey , and utility billing analysis . In this thesis , several case study houses are used to demonstrate the validation procedure . Finally , the calculated electricity savings (MWh /yr ) were then converted into the NOx emissions reductions (tons /yr ) using the EPA's eGRID database . The results of the peak -day electricity savings and NOx emissions reductions using this procedure are approximately twice the average day electricity savings and NOx emissions reductions .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /309
Date: 2004-09-30

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A methodology to evaluate energy savings and NOx emissions reductions from the adoption of the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to new residences in non-attainment and affected counties in Texas. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /309 .

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