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Lecture 6 How to Reduce Housing Net Energy Use to Zero


日期: 2020-11-18 点击:


In this lecture, I will discuss the various issues surrounding the net-zero energy usage of residential buildings. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the problem, and each structure is unique with a different purpose. Therefore, an architect/engineer must understand all of the associated parts, including smart home devices, sensors, appliances, energy storage, building materials, HVAC, and weather patterns, to design the most optimal system. Initial cost and payback periods are also important factors for the owners from a financial viability perspective. Renewable energy such as solar and wind energy plays a significant role, but often it must be compensated by traditional energy sources. Education is also essential for the public embracement of these projects. Finally, I will discuss energy audits to determine the energy demand of existing buildings.


Speaker Bio

Professor Kenneth Lee, Ph.D., P.E., is the founding chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Western New England University located in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Lee received all his engineering degrees from the University of California at Irvine and was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University. Dr. Lee’s primary research is in subsurface contamination and energy efficiency, and his publications have been referenced over 600 times. Dr. Lee has participated in several Solar Decathlon competitions, including Solar Decathlon USA, Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean, and Solar Decathlon China. Some of the awards include First Place in Energy Efficiency contest, First Place in Affordability contest, Second Place in Energy Balance Contest, and Third Place in Electrical Energy Balance.

Kenneth Lee教授是美国马萨诸塞州斯普林菲尔德市西新英格兰大学土木与环境工程系的创始系主任。 Dr. Lee拥有加州大学欧文分校的学士,硕士,和博士工程学位,并且是普林斯顿大学的博士后研究员。 Dr. Lee的主要研究领域是地下污染和能源效率,他的出版物已被引用600多次。 Dr. Lee参加了多个“太阳能十项全能”竞赛,包括美国“太阳能十项全能”,“拉丁美洲和加勒比十项全能”和“中国太阳能十项全能”。其中一些奖项包括能源效率竞赛第一名,可负担性竞赛第一名,能源平衡竞赛第二名和电能平衡第三名。