We provide a more comprehensive method for the Energy Demand module. Click here to view or download the Energy Demand Technical Guide.

UrbanFootprint models building energy use for all new and existing residential and commercial buildings. Scenarios vary in their building energy use profiles due to their building program, the location of new growth, and policy-based assumptions for improvements in energy efficiency. Costs and GHG emissions associated with energy use, in turn, vary according to policy-based price and emissions rate assumptions.

Within the model, energy use is determined by three types of variables: building characteristics, climate zone, and efficiency factors. Building characteristics and climate zone determine what baseline per-residential unit or per-commercial square foot factors (derived from survey data) are used to calculate energy use. Reductions are then applied to the resulting baseline estimates to reflect the implementation of energy efficiency and conservation policies into the future.

Chart Summary

The chart summary for energy use includes:

  • Total Annual Energy Use - Annual residential and commercial energy use (in BTUs).
  • Per Capita Annual Energy Use - Annual average energy use per resident and per employee (in BTUs).
  • Per Capita Residential Energy Use by LDC - Per capita annual average energy use by land development category (LDC) (in BTUs).

Note: If you hover the mouse onto the horizontal chart, it displays the base value of the energy usage.

Chart Legend

  • Res - Residential energy usage.
  • Com - Commercial energy usage.
  • Urban - Annual average energy usage in urban areas.
  • Compact - Annual average energy usage in compact areas.
  • Standard - Annual average energy usage in standard / suburban areas.
  • Rural - Annual average energy usage in rural areas
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