Presentation Title

Optimizing Design and Reducing Life Cycle Cost for Sun Belt Homes

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-18

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

Prior to 1849 South West Sun Belt homes (particularly Southern California) were based on Spanish designs optimized for Spain’s similar arid and sunny climate. However, the 1849 gold rush caused a massive influx of pioneers traveling from the East & Midwest United States. Unfortunately, due to rapid migration local architecture was replaced by known as-built’s; originally for colder temperatures, stormier weather, and a lot of snow. These home designs are not optimal for local conditions; causing a negative impact on housing life cycle costs. Our team finds that radical changes in design approaches and architectures are needed to address these flaws if credible future life cycle cost reductions are to be achieved.

Our goal is to dramatically reduce life cycle costs of future homes within the arid Sun Belt Region of the USA. To do so we are creating a System of Systems (SoS) home architecture & functional integration approach to replace the current stove pipe methodology. An additional goal of this project is the creation of an integrated system simulation tool that will allow designers to maximize passive efficiency of the basic structure as well as the operational efficiency of the core functional systems. It will enable designers to identify/utilize renewable energy sources, design for sharing of assets & infrastructure and to create an integrated central controlled system. The interconnections of these trade studies is the key to reducing overall life cycle costs. We find that by integrating both the architecture template and simulation tool together, the synergy will dramatically expand. This will allow for future homes to be developed that can meet or exceed future mandated life cycle reduction targets.

During the conference, our team will present our conceptual design and background research.

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Optimizing Design and Reducing Life Cycle Cost for Sun Belt Homes

HUB 302-18

Prior to 1849 South West Sun Belt homes (particularly Southern California) were based on Spanish designs optimized for Spain’s similar arid and sunny climate. However, the 1849 gold rush caused a massive influx of pioneers traveling from the East & Midwest United States. Unfortunately, due to rapid migration local architecture was replaced by known as-built’s; originally for colder temperatures, stormier weather, and a lot of snow. These home designs are not optimal for local conditions; causing a negative impact on housing life cycle costs. Our team finds that radical changes in design approaches and architectures are needed to address these flaws if credible future life cycle cost reductions are to be achieved.

Our goal is to dramatically reduce life cycle costs of future homes within the arid Sun Belt Region of the USA. To do so we are creating a System of Systems (SoS) home architecture & functional integration approach to replace the current stove pipe methodology. An additional goal of this project is the creation of an integrated system simulation tool that will allow designers to maximize passive efficiency of the basic structure as well as the operational efficiency of the core functional systems. It will enable designers to identify/utilize renewable energy sources, design for sharing of assets & infrastructure and to create an integrated central controlled system. The interconnections of these trade studies is the key to reducing overall life cycle costs. We find that by integrating both the architecture template and simulation tool together, the synergy will dramatically expand. This will allow for future homes to be developed that can meet or exceed future mandated life cycle reduction targets.

During the conference, our team will present our conceptual design and background research.