Solar architecture in Minnesota: Toward zero energy housing

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Abstract

This paper compares and contrasts two contemporary homes that strive to achieve net-zero energy in the state of Minnesota, including the Tofte Cabin in Tofte, Minnesota by Sarah Nettleton Architects et al and the Science House by Barbour & LaDoucer Architects et al for the Minnesota Science Museum in St. Paul, Minnesota. Each house is considered in terms of five issues: project and energy goals; reducing loads; meeting loads; energy and fuel sources; and monitoring. These homes demonstrate that there are significant opportunities for energy savings from solar design in Minnesota. Lessons are discussed related to design strategies and priorities; process and methods; installation, operations, and maintenance; monitoring and commissioning; costs; and the role of design excellence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Solar Energy Society - Solar 2006
Subtitle of host publication35th ASES Annual Conf., 31st ASES National Passive Solar Conf., 1st ASES Policy and Marketing Conf., ASME Solar Energy Division Int. Solar Energy Conference
Pages579-584
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
EventASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2006Jul 13 2006

Publication series

NameInternational Solar Energy Conference
Volume2006
ISSN (Print)1546-8402

Conference

ConferenceASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period7/9/067/13/06

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Guzowski, M. M., & Weber, W. (2006). Solar architecture in Minnesota: Toward zero energy housing. In American Solar Energy Society - Solar 2006: 35th ASES Annual Conf., 31st ASES National Passive Solar Conf., 1st ASES Policy and Marketing Conf., ASME Solar Energy Division Int. Solar Energy Conference (pp. 579-584). (International Solar Energy Conference; Vol. 2006).