Reschek for heat load calculation?
I am inputting the envelope data for our new home design in the DOE ResCheck software as a Code compliance tool here in CZ 6A Coastal Maine. One of the outputs of entering the envelope data is an overall UA calculation (U factor x Area summation) including walls, ceilings, floors, doors, etc.
My question is, how useful could this UA number be (in our case it is 457) be in developing a heat load estimate?
If I use a heating delta T of 80 deg F (inside 70, out -10), I would get a load of Q=457 x 80 = 36,560 BTu/Hr.
Am I totally misunderstanding this or does this calculation have any validity?
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