a House for the Season
Everyday Americans use more energy
than necessary. How can we use less? Can the design of a home impact the amount
of energy used to heat or cool the home? Absolutely! Design a home that uses
the least amount of energy to heat in the winter or to cool in the summer.
Here are the guidelines for this project:
You may use any material that will not rot or smell bad.
All materials must be labeled with the name of the material it represents.
Be reasonable with the size of your model.
Heating units or vents should be included, though duct work is not necessary.
People and furniture are optional.
Home must be your original work and must include a roof.
Interior design must show walls, doors, and bathrooms. This can be part of the model, or a separate blueprint.
If your region uses a fireplace, the chimney must match up with the location of the fireplace. Fireplaces may only be used for heating purposes.
Insulation must be visible, either with a cut-away of a wall or a diagram.
In addition to a home model, please
write a paper about the thermodynamic processes taking place in your home.
Where do you encounter conduction, convection, radiation?
How are these limited in your design?
How are these used to your advantage in the design?