Zero energy garage apartment
greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of the economy. The purpose of this thesis is to
demonstrate how buildings can be designed in a way that helps to mitigate global environmental
problems, while resolving local urban design, architecture and social issues.
This purpose was achieved by designing a zero-energy garage apartment for a site located
along an alley in Manhattan, Kansas. The methodology for the design was to: identify a client;
define project goals and design criteria; determine solar and geothermal renewable energy
system requirements; design the garage apartment by employing energy efficient strategies
relating to bioregional design and passive solar design; identify eco-friendly materials obtainable
within a 500-mile radius of the site; and identify energy-efficient construction methods. The
energy performance of the garage apartment was constantly monitored using eQUEST and
Energy-10 simulation softwares.
Garage apartment- a building behind the main building[superscript]1, which is part of the same plot as the
main building. It is also called a 'backhouse', 'granny flat' or a 'rear house'.
Zero-energy house- for this thesis, a grid connected self-standing zero-energy house, which
results in zero utility bills throughout the year.
School:Kansas State University
School Location:USA - Kansas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:zero energy house garage apartment efficient design renewable systems eco friendly materials building performance softwares architecture 0729
Date of Publication:01/01/2008