Van Dessel, Steven
Residences account for 21% of the total energy demand in the United States, one-third of which is due to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. As such, there is great potential to reduce the consumption of HVAC systems thus decreasing the home’s overall energy demand. The company Unity Homes is working to address this concern by selling energy efficient homes to the general public. In collaboration with Unity Homes, we sought to re-innovate the design of a solar water and thermal energy storage (TES) system to be used within one of their homes. We recommend further investigation into the feasibility of the integration of our system as well as the potential for use as a cooling and domestic hot water system.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Civil and Environmental Engineering