A preliminary investigation of water usage behavior in single-family homes

Peng Xue, Tianzhen Hong, Bing Dong, Cheukming Mak

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As regional drought conditions continue deteriorating around the world, residential water use has been brought into the built environment spotlight. Nevertheless, the understanding of water use behavior in residential buildings is still limited. This paper presents data analytics and results from monitoring data of daily water use (DWU) in 50 single-family homes in Texas, USA. The results show the typical frequency distribution curve of the DWU per household and indicate personal income, education level and energy use of appliances all have statistically significant effects on the DWU per capita. Analysis of the water-intensive use demonstrates the residents tend to use more water in post-vacation days. These results help generate awareness of water use behavior in homes. Ultimately, this research could support policy makers to establish a water use baseline and inform water conservation programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)949-962
Number of pages14
JournalBuilding Simulation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • daily water use
  • data analytics
  • occupant behavior
  • residential water consumption
  • water usage behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Energy (miscellaneous)


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