Sustainability Education

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

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


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