Sustainability Education

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EnCORE Solar House Available for Research, Tours

EnCORE Solar House Available for Research, Tours

The enCORE house, a student-designed and -built solar house entered in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, has been rebuilt on campus for research, education and outreach purposes. The furnished, two-bedroom house includes functioning building systems and can accommodate meetings and class visits.

Passive performance features of the house include:

  • Triple-glazed windows to minimize heat loss while maximizing solar gain
  • Super-insulated exterior envelope
  • Natural lighting throughout the house

Technological solutions include:

  • Flat-plate solar thermal collector in combination with a heat pump water heater
  • Solar thermal hot air system to maximize occupant comfort and minimize energy consumption
  • 8-kW photovoltaic array for net-zero performance
  • Plant-based greywater bioremediation system
  • Simple control interface that controls lighting, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems

Read more about enCORE on campus.   Click here to learn more about enCORE and the Solar Decathlon competition.

For information on renting or touring enCORE House, contact or 614-247-4762.

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