Commercial and Residential Hourly Load Profiles for all TMY3 Locations in the United States

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This dataset contains hourly load profile data for 16 commercial building types (based off the DOE commercial reference building models) and residential buildings (based off the Building America House Simulation Protocols). This dataset also uses the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) for statistical references of building types by location (Additional documentation). Hourly load profiles are available for over all TMY3 locations in the United States here.

Browse files in this dataset, accessible as individual files and as commercial and residential downloadable ZIP files. This dataset is approximately 4.8GiB compressed or 19GiB uncompressed.

July 2nd, 2013 update: Residential High and Low load files have been updated from 366 days in a year for leap years to the more general 365 days in a normal year.

Source Commercial and Residential Reference Building Models
Date Released April 18th, 2013 (2 years ago)
Date Updated July 02nd, 2013 (2 years ago)

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Outputs by ESTEFO, September 9, 2014 

Hello, I am trying to find a profile of the consumption for a residential house in Boston but I do not understand the outputs: could someone tell me what is the difference between HVACFan:Fans:Electricity [kW](Hourly) and

Electricity:HVAC [kW](Hourly)
Are there some cooling needs taken into account?
thanks a lot in advanced

I am developing a cost/benefit analysis of using thermal energy storage to shift peak cooling loads to off peak hours. I need specs on the 16 commercial building types with respect to the number, type, and size of air conditioning units employed. Is that data available?

HVAC specs by Ewilson, July 2, 2014 

HVAC system types can be found in this report: (also linked above)To get HVAC system sizes, you'll have to look at the individual EnergyPlus files (.idf) since they vary by climate:"Equipment sizing for all reference building models is determined from design day runs by EnergyPlus for each location with a sizing factor of 1.2. Nominal coefficient of performance (COP), energy efficiency ratio (EER), seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), and boiler and furnace efficiencies are taken from the appropriate energy standard based on equipment type and size."EnergyPlus files are here: (also linked above)

Great work! I am trying to figure out why the "Electricity:Facility ..." column doesn't always equal the sum of the individual electricity (fans, cooling, etc.) columns.Can you help me?Stan

The electricity:facility by Clarknd, August 14, 2014 

The electricity:facility column doesn't equal the sum of the individual electricity (fans, cooling, etc.) because only the "common" individual electricity are listed which is not an exhaustive list.

Here is a link to a pdf with details on the building characteristics for the homes:

Here's the Building America Climate Zone map used to assign building characteristics listed in the pdf to TMY3 locations:

Here's a link to the EnergyPlus documentation, which contains definitions of the output fields in the dataset columns:

Clarification on data set by Sousaplex, November 27, 2013 

Is it just me or are the annual usage of the residential figures abnormally high?  The annual consumption for Newark, NJ is as follows:(HIGH, 39086 kWh)(BASE, 24378 kWh)(LOW, 11986 kWh)The low figures are approximately 1000 kWh per month which is not consistent with New Jersey's 691 per month average. Am I misunderstanding the variable descriptions? Is there any supplemental documentation on the variables? Any kind of legend or key?Thanks in advance,Michael Sousa

What is the "typical house" used to simulate residential load profiles?Thank you!

[Note, I actually rated this dataset with 5 stars, but a system bug gives me random stars] Just wanted to mention that the System Advisor Model (SAM) can automatically download building load profiles from this dataset. You will need to download a SAMUL document to do this. It will soon be included in SAM as of the next SAM release, but if you would like to try it out now, let me know and I can send you the SAMUL file (I will try to post it on the SAM website soon).