Ysabel Espinal, Ismael George-Richard Nowick, Leanne M. Sickles
As part of their MQP these students designed a solar heating and thermal storage system to minimize energy usage within single-family homes. To better understand the need for such a system and determine how it can benefit home owners, students first studied methods for the optimization of energy performance. In collaboration with a private company, students investigated both passive and active interventions using building energy simulation tools. Students further designed, build, and tested an innovative solar heating system, and determined the feasibility of the system for use in residential projects.