Summary

The project involves the design of an ultra-low-energy solar-optimized single family residence. The first two years of the project will involve the investigation and analysis of design concepts and the completion of the conceptual design of a residence suitable for single-family housing.

Description

The project involves the design of an ultra-low-energy solar-optimized single family residence. The first two years of the project will involve the investigation and analysis of design concepts and the completion of the conceptual design of a residence suitable for single-family housing. One group of students will focus upon the architectural aspects of the house design in order to minimize thermal energy requirements as well as controlling the temporal distribution of heating and cooling demands. Another group of students will focus on minimizing electrical energy requirements and examining strategies to control peak electrical demands and load fluctuations. A third group of students will focus on exploring the thermodynamics of energy conversion devices that might be used for servicing the building’s space heating, space cooling, domestic hot water, and electrical needs. The project will also include site visits to local low-energy, off-grid, and conventional architecture houses to expose the students to an array of architectural designs, energy conversion devices, and design challenges.

Assumptions

Assumptions are not defined for this project.

Duration

Max 3 years.

References

References are not defined for this project.

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