Location: Austin, TX
The objective of the project is to create a prototype/demonstration residence for annual net zero “grid” energy in the Central Texas climate. As such, it is hoped that the building and systems approach will be reasonably transferrable, thereby allowing market expansion of the net zero approach.
Some mechanical design objectives include lower than normal space temperatures in select areas, low or no air movement, controlled humidity, and various specific HVAC systems. Some of these concepts are in competition with one another, and some are in competition with the prototype objective.