Literature review of building peak cooling load methods in the United States Academic Article uri icon


  • Copyright © 2018 ASHRAE. Today, sizing HVAC systems plays an important role in the building design process, requiring an accurate method in order to avoid problems from over- or under-sized systems. To date, there have been five peak cooling load methods published by ASHRAE, including: the Total Equivalent Temperature Difference/Time Averaging Method, the Transfer Function Method, the Cooling Load Temperature Difference/Solar Cooling Load/Cooling Load Factor Method, the Heat Balance Method, and the Radiant Time Series Method. This study provides a thorough review of the five methods with respect to their history and summarizes the method differences that can lead to inaccurate sensible cooling load calculations.

author list (cited authors)

  • Mao, C., Baltazar, J., & Haberl, J. S.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • September 2017