Project Examples

Green Building analysis for Habitat for Humanity

Course: 22.504 Energy Systems Design
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner:Habitat for Humanity (HFH)

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) was beginning to design and build green homes that will lower the monthly energy expenses for the homeowner as well as make for a cleaner environment. Currently, the architectural consulting firm, Building Science, has helped HFH with the layout and plans for the houses (which are a total of eight built from the same model and which will be built in the span of 4 years). Nevertheless, the two students from the Workshop course contributed additional knowledge and recommendations to this effort through the design of passive solar, heat loss analysis, solar thermal, PV analysis and cost analyses.