The buildings sector currently account for a large share of buildings final energy demand, for example, 49% of final energy in residential buildings and 44% in commercial buildings, although these percentages will probably decrease with increasing demand for other services in buildings. Climate change is expected to have important impacts on the buildings energy use by decreasing heating and increasing cooling service. Improved understanding of changing climate impacts would help regulators and local utility planners develop better investment strategies that ensure reliable and efficient energy supplies to their service territories. We are working on building energy use modeling for improved understanding of climate change impact on buildings energy use from building level to global scale, which will will offer useful insights into climate policy and energy system planning.
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