June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Design in Engineering Education
In 2016, UNIVERSITY built a tiny house to compete in an intercollegiate competition sponsored through the local utility. The competition was modeled after the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon event in 2015. The resultant Tiny House is now used as a research platform for home automation systems. Students are currently working on systems that will monitor and control all of the home’s features. The data collected is displayed in the home to give an occupant a real-time full energy profile of the house. The data display is a temperature profile, the energy required to maintain an indoor climate, water flow rate, water temperature, cooling kwh, heating energy, light controls, and power consumption. The setup is designed to inform the occupant and promote behavior modifications and directly visualize energy usage and relate that to utility costs. The house features a full kitchen and bath and can display how much energy is used to take a 5 min 110 F degree shower for example. 15,000 event attendees toured the tiny house featured as an exhibit at the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver Colorado. Two faculty members towed the student-built home to Denver Colorado where it was on display at the states capital, Coors field, and science museum to promote the solar decathlon. The experience, student engagement, and feedback on the behavioral energy automation system are discussed.
Vogt, R. G., & Figgess, G. W. (2019, June), Board 38: Experiential Learning Opportunities through Collaborative Projects Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32335
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