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City of Lowell “Getting to Zero Energy” Contest – Findings of the Student Group’s Aid in the Application Process

Course: Capstone 22.423
Semester: Spring 2009
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner:City of Lowell

The students designed an energy auditing process including solar potential tests, blower door tests, insulation tests, and other documentation techniques. After the homes’ energy audit was completed, each home received its own thorough analysis, complete with a proposal of upgrades, energy savings and a long term cost benefit analysis. Upgrades were suggested in the areas of appliances, insulation, photovoltaics, solar hot water systems, passive solar windows, and air leakage sites, to name a few.

Two finalists were chosen in the summer of 2009, and upgrades are underway as of fall 2009.