The House // Engineering
The house focuses on passive design features that maintain a comfortable living environment with minimal space for heating or cooling. The main strategy for achieving the energy balance and thermal comfort goals is to reduce the energy consumption of the house below the available total capacity of electricity generation. This is achieved by using all the possible surfaces and technologies available to us. Windows, walls, and floors are designed to collect, store, and distribute solar energy and reject solar heat in the summer, thereby reducing the house's reliance on mechanical forms of heating and cooling throughout the year. Preliminary operation tests have demonstrated that the house can provide the energy it consumes.
Energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, solar-generated hot water, Phase Changing Material energy storage and a unique Solar Thermal Heating-Cooling system, are all combined to reduce the house's reliance on external sources of energy.
The heart of the energy system used for heating and cooling, and for hot water, is water-based. This enables thermal energy to be conserved and redirected throughout the house, leading to greater energy efficiency. Using a variety of engineering tools, the mechanisms used for space heating and cooling, and water heating, are adjusted depending on indoor and outdoor environmental climate conditions and energy consumption.
The basic heating-cooling design will be enhanced by three innovative elements: Solar Cooling // Night Radiative Cooling // PCM Energy Storage Containers
Controlling subsystem // The house consists of several devices that are in charge of preserving the temperature and humidity of the house, controlling the temperature of domestic water, controlling electrical devices and so on. In addition, the house has components that can be controlled, like the lighting devices. Part of the controlling system will be an automatic controller that will communicate directly with the sensors and devices. Other parts of the controlling system will be manually controlled (with specific user interface display).
Download this file to learn more the house's Energy systems // PDF – Energy (1.3 MB)
Download this file to learn more the house's Solar Applications // PDF – Glazing & Photo Voltaic Systems & Night Radiative Cooling (1.7 MB)
Download this file to learn more the house's Smart House systems // PDF – Smart House Control (1.5 MB)