Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/74715
Title: A preliminary investigation of water usage behavior in single-family homes
Authors: Xue, P
Hong, T
Dong, B
Mak, C 
Keywords: Daily water use
Data analytics
Occupant behavior
Residential water consumption
Water usage behavior
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Tsinghua University Press
Source: Building simulation, 2017, v. 10, no. 6, p. 949-962 How to cite?
Journal: Building simulation 
Abstract: As regional drought conditions continue deteriorating around the world, residential water use has been brought into the built environment spotlight. Nevertheless, the understanding of water use behavior in residential buildings is still limited. This paper presents data analytics and results from monitoring data of daily water use (DWU) in 50 single-family homes in Texas, USA. The results show the typical frequency distribution curve of the DWU per household and indicate personal income, education level and energy use of appliances all have statistically significant effects on the DWU per capita. Analysis of the water-intensive use demonstrates the residents tend to use more water in post-vacation days. These results help generate awareness of water use behavior in homes. Ultimately, this research could support policy makers to establish a water use baseline and inform water conservation programs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/74715
ISSN: 1996-3599
DOI: 10.1007/s12273-017-0387-7
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