Solar architecture in Minnesota: Toward zero energy housing

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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
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
ISSN (Print)1546-8402


ConferenceASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver, CO


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