Faculty Advisor

Fallahi, Ali

Faculty Advisor

Van Dessel, Steven

Project Center

Worcester Community Project Center


Residences account for 21% of the total energy demand in the United States, one-third of which is due to HVAC systems. As such, there is great potential in reducing the consumption of HVAC systems in order to decrease the home’s overall residential 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 integrate the design of a solar water heating system within one of their homes. Through the design and construction of our own system, we were able to familiarize ourselves with the potential capabilities of such systems. We recommend further investigation into the feasibility of integration as well as its potential as a cooling and domestic hot water system.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Architectural Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering