Here is a snapshot of the preliminary energy data received from our eMonitor system. The eMonitor is connected to each of the home's circuits and allows us to remotely see real-time energy use.
Before the home was constructed, the energy use calculations for the New Norris House (1008 sf) were projected at 40.13 kBTUs/sf/year OR 12.05 kWh/sf/year. Using our collected data, the actual total energy use is 23.8 kWH per day OR 8.62 kWh/sf/year (based on 6 months of data from Jul 01 2011 – Jan 26 2012) - significantly less than projected and 61.3% less than the typical US household.
Data from the New Norris House will be collected for an entire year. This data will be used to refine the prototype and disseminated for life-cycle assessment studies.
The New Norris House is a design/build effort from the University of Tennessee's College of Architecture and Design. Began in 2009, the home was designed and built by UT students in collaboration with Clayton Homes. The built project is now complete and the final phase of the project has begun. A team of 4 people (2 living in the home, and 2 graduate researchers) will rigorously document the experience via qualitative assessments and quantitative measurements, posting results to this blog.