Title

Energy Analysis of Student-Designed Solar House

Presenter Information

Samantha Wermager

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Baur, Stuart Werner, 1965-

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S& T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

This paper presents the findings from an undergraduate research project concerning the energy efficiency, consumption, and generation of a 1000 ft2 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 percent energy savings was forecasted using the Energy- 10 software by incorporating 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.

Biography

Samantha is a senior in Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainability. She grew up on a farm near Hokah, Minnesota and is the daughter of Anthony and Connie Wermager. Currently, she is completing her final season as a member of the Missouri S& T Track and Field Team. Samantha has served as Treasurer, President, and Fundraising Chair of M-Club, a varsity athletic service organization. She is also a member of Tau Beta Pi (an engineering honor society) as well as Salsa Club. After working this summer and fall at Abeinsa BO in Chesterfield, MO; Samantha will return to Missouri S& T to finish up her bachelor's degree and continue her education through graduate studies in Civil Engineering.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Carver Room

Presentation Date

03 Apr 2013, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Energy Analysis of Student-Designed Solar House

Carver Room

This paper presents the findings from an undergraduate research project concerning the energy efficiency, consumption, and generation of a 1000 ft2 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 percent energy savings was forecasted using the Energy- 10 software by incorporating 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.