Welcome to MEEB!

Meeb are fully instrumented identical all electric-cottages built to study the fundamentals of building energetics, validate building energy models and determine the impact of a technology or a strategy on energy consumption and power demand using the whole-house approach. By sharing part of the extensive data gathered since start-up in 2011, we hope to actively contribute to the common effort of increasing knowledge in the aforementioned domains.

The twin houses

  • are located at the Laboratory of Energy Technologies site in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada where a hemiboreal (Dfb) climate is effective.
  • are 25’ x 26’, three bedrooms, one and a half bathroom cottages with a full basement and a 15’ x 24’ attached garage.
  • have R20 exterior walls, R30 ceiling/roof assembly, double-glazed clear glass windows, are finished with drywall, wood floors and ceramic tile floors only in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • have electric baseboards controlled by a line-voltage electronic thermostat in each room, air ducts ready for a central heating/cooling system, electric radiant floors in the kitchen and the full bathroom and heat recovery ventilator.
  • are not furnished except for the five typical appliances.
  • have close to 1000 data points sampled at 15 minute intervals including per room space heating energy, air temperatures, velocities and humidities, sphere temperatures, structure embedded temperatures, soil temperatures and humidities, comfort metrics and local weather data.
  • are subjected to extensive ongoing tests including: benchmarking, power shut down, blower door, tracer gas and hvac control scenarios.


Maghoul P., Cote J., Fournier M. (2012) Numerical Analysis for Transient Two-Dimensional Coupled Heat and Mass Transfer in Soils by Considering the Effect of Seasonal Frost, 15th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering, Quebec, Canada, August 19-22.
Maghoul P., Cote J., Fournier M. (2012) Modelling the Two-Dimensional Coupled Heat and Mass Transfer in Soils beneath the Basements in Residential Buildings, The Canadian Conference on Building Simulation (eSim), Halifax, Canada, May 1-4.
Le Bel C., Gélinas S. (2013) All-Electric Experimental Twin Houses: The Ultimate Demand Management Testing Tool, Proceeding of the IASTED International Conference Power and Energy, paper 806-024.
Date J., Chen Y., Athienitis A., Fournier M. (2014) Hydro-Quebec twin houses – Experimental results & peak electricity demand reduction strategies, Conférence du Réseau de recherche stratégique du CRSNG sur les bâtiments intelligents à consommation énergétique nette zéro, Montréal, may.
Delcroix B., Kummert M., Daoud A., Bouchard J. (2014) Experimental assessment of a phase change material in building's walls for heating and cooling applications, The Canadian Conference on Building Simulation (eSim), Ottawa, Canada, may 8-9.
Fournier M., Leduc M.A., Study of electrical heating setpoint modulation strategies for residential demand response, The Canadian Conference on Building Simulation (eSim), Ottawa, Canada, may 8-9.
Date J., Athienitis A., Fournier M. (2015) A study of temperature setpoint strategies for peak power reduction in residential buildings, 6th International Building Physics Conference, IBPC 2015, june 16.
Date J., Chen Y., Athienitis A., Fournier M. (2016) Impact of Thermal Model Resolution on Peak Heating Demand Calculation under Different Set Point Profiles, ASHRAE 2016 winter conference, january 27.

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