Zero energy garage apartment

by Sarangapani, Harini

Abstract (Summary)
Buildings account for a large part of total U.S. energy consumption and generate far more

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.

Operational definitions:

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.

Bibliographical Information:


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

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