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We also did some further research to develop the presentation and we found some useful information. You can find below more information about how can a Tiny House become more sustainable:

  1. Renewable Power Generation:
  • Locate solar and wind on lower portion of pasture; siting is critical
  • Consider phasing the installation to reduce initial costs
  • Study site-specific shading devices and plantings
  • Monitor wind patterns with anemometer to determine site possibilities for power generation
  • Consider the production of power as a revenue source
  • Net metering option:
  1. one meter for all homes could be advantageous
  2. submeter each home to track usage and help homeowners conserve
  3. provide financial incentives for using less power
  • Encourage conservation by specifying efficient appliances and lighting
  • Incorporate daylighting and natural ventilation in homes
  1. Ambient Heating:
  • Passive solar as primary source
  • Glazing: amount, location and type important
  • Shape of buildings should be rectangular and oriented correctly east to west
  • Incorporate shading to avoid overheating: overhangs, trees and/or vines
  • Ventilation; use natural convection with a study of prevailing winds
  • Heat storage and retention: use thermal mass and insulation
  • Secondary heat source options
  • Biodiesel
  • Wind and biomass (from forest windfall) to generate electricity for small demands
  • Consider district or centralized heating as secondary source, combined with hot water heating and solar water heating in slab heat coils
  • Solar air heating (TROMBE concept) for domestic heating, with boiler
  1. Water Heating:
  • Primary source: solar collectors (summers and some winters)
  • Supplementary source: biomass, district heating, and/or electricity
  1. Cooking:
  • Electric- high loads but possibly from renewable source generated on site
  • Propane- a possibility, but is not consistent with goal of zero net energy
  • Solar ovens- could be a supplementary source, especially if located in accessible space (on a nearby deck, shared)
  1. Other possible secondary heat sources:
  • Heat exchange system considerations include:
  • Type, air-to-air versus ground-tothermal combining with solar heating
  • Solar units – consider maintenance
  • Hydrogen fuel cells – storage for hydrogen is problem
  • Woodstoves – efficient burning reduces particulates and health risks
  • Micro-hydro power generation
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