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Global sensitivity analysis of an energy-economy model of the residential building sector


  • Frédéric Branger

    () (AgroParisTech ENGREF et CIRED)

  • Louis-Gaëtan Giraudet

    () (CIRED)

  • Céline Guivarch

    () (CIRED)

  • Philippe Quirion

    () (CNRS et CIRED)


In this paper, we discuss the results of a sensitivity analysis of Res-IRF, an energy-economy model of the demand for space heating in French dwellings. Res-IRF has been developed for the purpose of increasing behavioral detail in the modeling of energy demand. The different drivers of energy demand, namely the extensive margin of energy efficiency investment, the intensive one and building occupants’ behavior are disaggregated and determined endogenously. The model also represents the established barriers to the diffusion of energy efficiency: heterogeneity of consumer preferences, landlord-tenant split incentives and slow diffusion of information. The relevance of these modeling assumptions is assessed through the Morris method of sensitivity analysis, which allows for the exploration of uncertainty over the whole input space. We find that the Res-IRF model is most sensitive to energy prices. It is also found to be quite sensitive to the factors parameterizing the di fferent drivers of energy demand. In contrast, inputs mimicking barriers to energy efficiency have been found to have little influence. These conclusions build confidence in the accuracy of the model and highlight occupants’ behavior as a priority area for future empirical research.

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  • Frédéric Branger & Louis-Gaëtan Giraudet & Céline Guivarch & Philippe Quirion, 2015. "Global sensitivity analysis of an energy-economy model of the residential building sector," Policy Papers 2015.01, FAERE - French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:fae:ppaper:2015.01

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    Sensitivity analysis; Monte Carlo; Morris method; Energy efficiency; Building sector;

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    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • Q47 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy Forecasting

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