Energy Performance of a Solar Home Constructed for the Solar Decathlon Competition 2013

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Conference Proceeding


Reduction of energy consumption in residential homes is a goal of sustainable construction. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) started a biennial Solar Decathlon competition in 2002, in which the students from universities around the globe built energy-efficient and affordable homes suitable for their climate and location. The main goal of this competition was to select the home best designed and built in a sustainable way. This paper describes the home designed and constructed for participation in the 2012-2013 competition by the students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The home was designed for the desert climate of southern Nevada, part of the Mojave Desert. This paper describes the design and construction process of this home, and determines whether it is a net zero energy home. © 2016 The Authors.


Construction; Energy; Energy Efficiency; Net Zero Energy Home; Residential; Solar Decathlon

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