Major

Environmental Engineering

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

The owner of a local restaurant envisions a modern, sustainable, and cost-effective residential addition above his business. The goal of this project is to design the most energy efficient and sustainable dwelling unit possible with the highest return on investment. In order to accomplish this, the project team designed multiple subsystems for the unit, including its structure, solar energy, indoor water use, rainwater management, ventilation, and thermal regulation. Various design strategies were implemented to reach a final holistic design of all required systems. A risk analysis was conducted in order to iterate the design and provide risk mitigation recommendations. Calculations along with modeling tested the final design to ensure its functionality. This testing resulted in outputs that confirmed the design’s structural integrity, energy-efficiency, comfort, sustainability, and financial feasibility.

Community Partners

Uncommon Ground

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Gajan Sivandran, Clinical Assistant Professor, Engineering Science

Supported By

Michael Cameron, Owner, Uncommon Ground

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Uncommon Ground Green Residence Design

The owner of a local restaurant envisions a modern, sustainable, and cost-effective residential addition above his business. The goal of this project is to design the most energy efficient and sustainable dwelling unit possible with the highest return on investment. In order to accomplish this, the project team designed multiple subsystems for the unit, including its structure, solar energy, indoor water use, rainwater management, ventilation, and thermal regulation. Various design strategies were implemented to reach a final holistic design of all required systems. A risk analysis was conducted in order to iterate the design and provide risk mitigation recommendations. Calculations along with modeling tested the final design to ensure its functionality. This testing resulted in outputs that confirmed the design’s structural integrity, energy-efficiency, comfort, sustainability, and financial feasibility.