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Energy Analysis of a Student-Designed Solar House

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 1401 Pine Street, Rolla, MO 65409, USA
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Energies 2013, 6(12), 6373-6390; https://doi.org/10.3390/en6126373
Received: 18 October 2013 / Revised: 13 November 2013 / Accepted: 14 November 2013 / Published: 4 December 2013
This paper presents the findings from an undergraduate research project concerning the energy efficiency, consumption, and generation of a 1000 ft2 (92.9 m2) solar house. The results were compared to a home of similar size and layout, built using traditional construction methods. The solar house was modeled after the Chameleon House: Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 2013 entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The efficiency of the design was analyzed using Energy-10 Version 1.8 software. For this comparison, a fictional American couple was created and a breakdown of their energy-use habits was recorded to accurately depict the magnitude of energy consumption. A 71% energy savings was forecasted using the Energy-10 software through the incorporation of various energy-conserving strategies in the home’s design. In addition, if a 9.1 kW photovoltaic array is also installed on a home of this size, it is possible to fully offset the energy consumption of the home. The forecasted energy usage and production detailed in this report shall be used for analyzing the integrity of the design of the Chameleon House as well as future solar houses constructed by the Missouri S&T Solar House Team. View Full-Text
Keywords: photovoltaics; simulation and monitoring; energy analysis; solar decathlon photovoltaics; simulation and monitoring; energy analysis; solar decathlon
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Wermager, S.; Baur, S. Energy Analysis of a Student-Designed Solar House. Energies 2013, 6, 6373-6390.

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