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Team UOW solar decathlon house: refurbishment demonstration

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Abstract


  • This paper describes a practical demonstration of how to refurbish a typical Australian timber framed fibro

    house to become a net-zero energy, Solar Decathlon (SD) home. The Team UOW Illawarra Flame House

    was entered in the SD China 2013 competition and was eventually the overall winner of the competition. The

    house refurbishment method was illustrated initially through architectural changes to the design of the

    nominal original house in order to improve functionality, daylighting and natural ventilation. Energy

    simulations for the original house and the house with the architectural refurbishment were then carried out to

    determine the thermal envelope retrofit targets and investigate the thermal performance enhancement of the

    house due to its envelope upgrade. An innovative air-conditioning system, which included solar photovoltaicthermal

    collectors and a phase change material thermal storage unit, was developed and employed to

    maintain indoor thermal comfort conditions. The results from both experiments and simulations showed that

    the thermal and energy performance of the house was significantly improved through the effective

    implementation of the suite of retrofits. The house demonstrated the potential for existing Australian housing

    stock to achieve net-zero energy consumption while meeting high indoor thermal comfort standards.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Ma, Z., Yan, R., Fiorentini, M. & Cooper, P. (2016). Team UOW solar decathlon house: refurbishment demonstration. 11th Conference on Advanced Building Skins (pp. 790-799). Switzerland: Advanced Building Skins GmbH.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7680&context=eispapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/6648

Start Page


  • 790

End Page


  • 799

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland

Abstract


  • This paper describes a practical demonstration of how to refurbish a typical Australian timber framed fibro

    house to become a net-zero energy, Solar Decathlon (SD) home. The Team UOW Illawarra Flame House

    was entered in the SD China 2013 competition and was eventually the overall winner of the competition. The

    house refurbishment method was illustrated initially through architectural changes to the design of the

    nominal original house in order to improve functionality, daylighting and natural ventilation. Energy

    simulations for the original house and the house with the architectural refurbishment were then carried out to

    determine the thermal envelope retrofit targets and investigate the thermal performance enhancement of the

    house due to its envelope upgrade. An innovative air-conditioning system, which included solar photovoltaicthermal

    collectors and a phase change material thermal storage unit, was developed and employed to

    maintain indoor thermal comfort conditions. The results from both experiments and simulations showed that

    the thermal and energy performance of the house was significantly improved through the effective

    implementation of the suite of retrofits. The house demonstrated the potential for existing Australian housing

    stock to achieve net-zero energy consumption while meeting high indoor thermal comfort standards.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Ma, Z., Yan, R., Fiorentini, M. & Cooper, P. (2016). Team UOW solar decathlon house: refurbishment demonstration. 11th Conference on Advanced Building Skins (pp. 790-799). Switzerland: Advanced Building Skins GmbH.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7680&context=eispapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/6648

Start Page


  • 790

End Page


  • 799

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland