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EPA Grant Number: SU831852
Title: Development and Modeling of Reactive Building Systems: Climate and Illumination
Can sensors be used to improve climate control in passive solar homes?
The goal of this project is to model climate-control and lighting systems in a zero-energy Midwest home. Monitors were installed on all sides of the house and in all the rooms to create a climate balance that reduces the amount of energy needed to attain comfortable living conditions. These monitors take into account the solar heat impact and lighting needs in and on the house and supplement the areas that need changes based on the defined comfort ideal for that space at that time.