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First Advisor

Nikitina, Svetlana




The goal of this project is to construct a house that is sustainable, selfsufficient, and low-maintenance through the use of three strategies that would ensure its higher efficiency. The concept of this “smart” home is based on energy efficiency, natural integration and the use of control mechanisms. Energy efficiency will be achieved by utilizing renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal power and by the smart management of its energy input and output to reduce the overall usage and cost of energy. The home will also use natural integration: and take advantage of pre-existing biological systems and other non-mechanical methods to reduce the amount of energy required to power and maintain it. These functions will all be administered through a centralized control mechanism much like a computer. The overall goal of the “smart” home will be not only to reduce the cost of living for its owner but to decrease its impact on the environment and help improve the conditions for those in and around it. By intelligently designing a home from the beginning and through use of sustainable methods, we can improve its internal living conditions and cut down on the cost of running it while at the same time minimizing its harmful impact it has on the environment.


The Grand Challenges Seminar




Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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The Grand Challenges Seminar


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Building a Better House



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