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Standard house in Louisiana

eliss | Posted in General Questions on

Hi, I’m doing a research on single family houses in Louisiana. I’d need to find information on construction methods used for a “standard” house and energy expenditure of an average family living in it. Can someone help me please?where could I look for such information? Thanks!

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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    Here's some information on residential energy consumption in Louisiana:

    Per capita consumption of natural gas in Louisiana homes in 2005: 9.6 million BTU
    Per capita consumption of electricity in Louisiana homes in 2005: 6,373 kWh

    According to the 2005 Residential Energy Consumption Survey, the average number of people per household in the South is 2.49. So we can now calculate energy consumption figures for Louisiana households:

    Average residential consumption of natural gas in Louisiana in 2005 (per household): 23.9 million BTU

    Average residential consumption of electricity in Louisiana in 2005 (per household): 15,869 kWh

  2. homedesign | | #2

    Most people don't give the South enough Credit
    When it comes to consuming more "Source Energy" per household....We are not-too-shabby

    I think the South has more opportunity for improvement ... than most other climates

  3. homedesign | | #3

    by the way.... I think there are some typos or math/percentage mistakes in the map I posted from the Building Science website ... the percentages are not matching up with the values

  4. eliss | | #4

    Thanks to everybody for your answers. But I was thinking I would also need an energy consumption per area (rather than per person) what can be considered a standard size for a single family house in Louisiana?


  5. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #5

    Here's a table with some data:

    In the South, the average housing unit in 2005 measured 2,161 square feet (average heated square feet = 1,551 square feet; average cooled square feet = 1,295 square feet).

  6. eliss | | #6

    That's great. Thanks!

  7. eliss | | #7

    I have one last question for Martin: in which table is the average number of people per household in the South (2.49)? Is it in one of these tables or did you calculate it by yourself? Sorry but I can't find it! Thanks again

  8. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #8

    I calculated it myself from a table that I can no longer find; however, it appears that I made a mistake.

    This table -- -- shows that in 2005, the average number of persons per household was 2.52 in the South and 2.62 in the West South Central region (the census region that includes Louisiana). Sorry for the mix-up.

  9. eliss | | #9

    That was really useful! Thank you very much!
    Anyway we will be soon launching a website with the results of our research on low energy buildings. You can keep an eye on Cheers

  10. homedesign | | #10

    BigEE quote: "Energy efficiency may allow savings of nearly 100% of the energy consumed by a conventional building...."
    That is a pretty "Incredible" statement

  11. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #11

    I'm not familiar with the term "BigEE", and I don't know whether your quote has anything to do with this thread. Non sequitur?

    I did a Google search on "BigEE" -- it seems to be some kind of agency in Germany?

  12. eliss | | #12

    The statement is not so incredible if you think Net Zero Energy Buildings already exist. Anyway here you can find a description of the project: (The website is still under construction). Hope this helps.

  13. homedesign | | #13

    Martin, sorry for being too brief... I should have said ... the link that Elisa suggested

    Sorry Elisa.... my mind jumped to enclosure efficiency ...

  14. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #14

    OK, I see it now -- my eye glossed right over it upon first reading. I hadn't realize that she provided a link.

  15. homedesign | | #15

    posting hint...
    provide the "www" "dot" before the website name ... and it will appear as a bold clickable "hot-link"
    as in

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