Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Committee Member

Robert F. Boehm

Number of Pages



Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the country's most rapidly growing cities. With the high cooling loads required in this environment, the summer demand peaks for electricity are particularly severe. The main emphasis of this research was placed on the energy conservation methods for a planned zero energy residential home in the Southern Nevada area with the cost outcome being a secondary issue. The model selected for this study is reflective of the local construction practices, a single-family one story, 1610 ft2 residential house with north facing facade and an attached two-car garage. The computer simulation package Energy 10 version 1.6 is employed during the energy analysis conservation. Implementation of the full spectrum of energy conserving features yielded a dramatic 105% saving on the annual electrical energy consumption. In addition, space heating and space cooling energy consumptions were reduced by, 96% and 72% respectively. Details of the simulations and the final design details are given in this research.


Area; Energy; House; Nevada; Southern; Zero

Controlled Subject

Mechanical engineering; Civil engineering; Environmental engineering; Architecture

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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