Investigating primary factors affecting electricity consumption in non-residential buildings using a data-driven approach

Sooyoun Cho, Jeehang Lee, Jumi Baek, Gi Seok Kim, Seung Bok Leigh

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Although the latest energy-efficient buildings use a large number of sensors and measuring instruments to predict consumption more accurately, it is generally not possible to identify which data are the most valuable or key for analysis among the tens of thousands of data points. This study selected the electric energy as a subset of total building energy consumption because it accounts for more than 65% of the total building energy consumption, and identified the variables that contribute to electric energy use. However, this study aimed to confirm data from a building using clustering in machine learning, instead of a calculation method from engineering simulation, to examine the variables that were identified and determine whether these variables had a strong correlation with energy consumption. Three different methods confirmed that the major variables related to electric energy consumption were significant. This research has significance because it was able to identify the factors in electric energy, accounting for more than half of the total building energy consumption, that had a major effect on energy consumption and revealed that these key variables alone, not the default values of many different items in simulation analysis, can ensure the reliable prediction of energy consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4046
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct 24

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was sponsored by the Korean Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) of the Republic of Korea (No. 2018201060010A).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 by the authors.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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