The Ohio State University emphasizes energy education by making students more aware of how energy affects their day-to-day lives and how they can influence change.
EnCORE Solar House
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