[Bldg-sim] Occupancy loads of a typical American typical family in a small container house

Kevin Kyte KKyte at watts-ae.com
Thu Jul 3 13:19:08 PDT 2014

I think typical occupancy loads for western houses would be near 0 during the day except for pets.  Mixed during weekends, maybe 50% outside of sleep time, less for a container house.  Electrical appliances will be plugged in and drawing energy throughout the day.  I suggest researching the energy draw of appliances while idle.  Appliance and electronics use will ramp up in the evenings and jump considerably at night after 8pm.  Just some thoughts...


From: John Aulbach [mailto:jra_sac at yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 5:27 PM
To: Atila Rios; bldg-sim at lists.onebuilding.org
Subject: Re: [Bldg-sim] Occupancy loads of a typical American typical family in a small container house

That is a VERY small house. 22' x 18' is only 400 sq.ft. Maybe in Europe not in the US. Try 1,000 sf.

John R. Aulbach, PE

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014 2:12 PM, Atila Rios <atilarios at hotmail.com<mailto:atilarios at hotmail.com>> wrote:

Hello all,

I am simulating a small container house (22'x 18'x 8', two bedrooms, one bathroom, one living room and one kitchen) for a single western life-style family of 2 adults and 2 children. I am already done with the envelope and HVAC but now I am not sure how to proceed in applying typical occupancy loads in the house, only electric appliances by the way.

Does anyone know how can I build a typical hourly usage of this particular family in this particular small container house? I need a 24h-usage curve and 8760h-annual hourly usage data. With all these patterns, I could customize options and apply in the softwares.

This is kinda a lot to ask but I just wanted any ideas and a help please to know how and where to start. Anything is welcome.

Thank you.


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