Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Energy conservation; Energy management; Energy utilization; Houses; Photovoltaic cells; Solar buildings; Solar heating; Solar power generation; Energy analysis; Photovoltaics; Science and Technology; Simulation and monitoring; Solar decathlon; Traditional constructions; U.S. Department of Energy; Undergraduate research; Energy efficiency

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1996-1073

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Final Version

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

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