Master's Thesis Defense - Chelsea Guenette
- Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:00am
- Jabs Hall, Room 415 - view map
Comparative Analysis of a Design Tool to Field Study Data for an Unglazed Transpired Solar Collector
Energy consumption and emission concerns have come to the forefront of political and public attention. The adoption of building energy standards such as ASHRAE Standard 90.1 have helped guide the building industry by setting increasingly stringent building energy performance requirements. In order to meet these ever increasing energy standards, research and development of energy efficient technologies have become a priority. One of these is the unglazed transpired solar collector (UTSC) which is particularly useful in sunny, cold climates such as Bozeman, Montana. This research intends to bridge the gap between theoretical models and field studies by comparing an accepted UTSC model within a commercially available energy modeling software – EnergyPlus – to experimental data collected at Jabs Hall in Bozeman, Montana. Confidence in such design tools will prove to be valuable in the building industry.