Design of an Energy Efficient Housing Complex
Welcome to the energy efficient housing complex design website. This project is part of a mechanical engineering senior capstone design project at the University of Maine. In addition to being an academic project, this design takes a look at a real world problem, many of the residential buildings at the University of Maine, and other institutions around the world utilize old or inefficient technology to produce less than energy efficient housing. The University of Maine has recently launched a green loan fund program aimed at fighting this exact problem. This project will display some of the possible solutions to this problem through the design of an energy efficient housing complex. In addition to the design of this demonstration project, we will be helping the green loan fund committee and the mechanical engineering department start collaborating and implementing projects to improve energy efficiency on campus. To find out more about the purpose of this project check the objectives page, to find out more about exactly what is being designed check out what the scope of the design is. This project will be completed by May of 2006. At that time the final report and interactive tour will be available. In the meantime check the milestones or what's new section for updates on our progress.
12/20 All first semester milestones have been completed. Our project objectives, function and scope have been redefined. Milestone six, the determination of electrical load has been completed and may be found here.
12/5 The University of Maine has approved a green loan fund program to improve energy efficiency on campus. The proposal for the program can be found here. Because this program relates so closely to our project we will be modifying our project slightly to take advantage of this opportunity. Our milestones have changed and you can find out more about how the green loan fund will affect us here.