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Project Title:

Redesigning the Commercial Buildings and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys of the Energy Information Administration
PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-09-05        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics
Board on Energy & Environmental Systems DEPS

RSO: Marton, Krisztina

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Energy and Energy Conservation

Project Scope
The Committee on National Statistics will convene a panel to conduct a comprehensive 30-month study of the Energy Information Administration’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS).   The panel will consider for these two surveys how to improve data quality, geographic coverage, timeliness of data releases, and relevance of the data for meeting user needs for energy end use information in the next decade and beyond.  The panel will review survey design, frequency, and scope options, survey practice and operations, and the role that auxiliary data could play in improving survey coverage and editing and imputation methods.  The panel will issue a letter report by spring 2010 that comments on design and data collection options for the 2010 CBECS to enable it to support Department of Energy program information needs, reduce respondent burden, and increase the quality and timeliness of the data.  The panel will issue a final report at the conclusion of a 24-month study that makes recommendations for the design and conduct of CBECS and RECS and the dissemination of CBECS and RECS data for the next decade and beyond, including consideration of the level of resources likely to be required in comparison with the current survey program.  The last 6 months of the study will be used for dissemination.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

The approximate start date for the project is September 14, 2009.

Project Duration: 30 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 02/01/2010
 Meeting 2 - 04/20/2010
 Meeting 3 - 07/19/2010
 Meeting 4 - 10/05/2010
 Meeting 5 - 01/31/2011
 Meeting 6 - 04/18/2011


Reports having no URL can be seen
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Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey Letter Report
Effective Tracking of Building Energy Use: Improving the Commercial Buildings and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys