Zero-Energy Housing

Students investigate passive solar building design with a focus on heating. Insulation, window placement, thermal mass, surface colors, and site orientation are addressed in the background materials and design preparation. Students test their projects for thermal gains and losses during a simulated day and night then compare designs with other teams for suggestions for improvements.

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Jonathan MacNeil
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Denise W. Carlson
TeachEngineering by the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program
Activity takes multiple (six to seven) 50-minute class periods. Additional materials are necessary.

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Large amount of materials must be gathered ahead of time, but options for substituting items abound.

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