Thermal performance of an energy efficient house in a dry temperate climate

This note was reviewed in October 2018 and has been retained for legacy.

In 2003 a demonstration home was constructed by a local authority in Perth to raise public awareness of practical ways to reduce the energy needs for heating and cooling. The house was sold in 2006 to a couple, who conscientiously try to manage indoor temperatures through passive means. The house was thermally monitored in summer and winter and computer simulated using AccuRate, a thermal simulation program. The results of both the simulation and monitoring indicate that in Perth, passive solar design that achieves an AccuRate star rating of around 7 stars can generally enable indoor temperatures to be maintained within comfort conditions if the house is effectively ‘driven’.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Method of empirical testing
  3. Method of monitoring
  4. Results and discussion
  5. Conclusion