Master of Engineering (ME)
First Committee Member
Robert F. Boehm
Number of Pages
A comparative study is conducted to measure the actual performance of a Zero Energy House design. Ideally, a zero energy house produces as much energy as it consumes in a year's time. Two identically-sized houses (1610 ft2), constructed side-by-side in southwest Las Vegas, Nevada, are equipped with a network of sensors that measure many aspects of energy usage in each home. One house serves as a baseline (standard comparison) house and was built using conventional construction techniques. The other house, the Zero Energy House, employs many energy saving features, solar power generation, and supplemental solar water heating. Both houses are utilized as model homes in an actual housing development, so it is reasonable to believe that both will experience similar and consistent usage. The data logged onsite are automatically collected throughout the day (in an almost real-time basis) and sent via telephone connection to the Center for Energy Research at UNLV for analysis. Results are posted on the web.
Energy; House; Monitoring; Zero
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Rosta, Sandor Ferenc, "Monitoring of a zero energy house" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2021.