Yuma Energy Demonstration House

Location

Yuma, AZ

USA

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Building type
Single-family residential
Floor Area (ft2)
1750.0
Floor Area (m2)
162
Date of Occupancy/ Completion
2003-06-01
Annual Energy Generated (kBtu/ft2)
4.15
Annual Energy Generated (MJ/m2)
47.16
Annual Purchased Energy (kBtu/ft2)
9
Annual Energy Cost ($US/ft2)
0.0426
Annual Purchased Energy (MJ/m2)
110
Annual Energy Cost ($US/m2)
0.45854278118
Certifications & Awards
Project Team
  • Owner: U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

Summary

The U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground base housing will need replacing between 2004 and 2006. This energy-efficient home demonstrated several technologies that could be incorporated into the new base housing.

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Overview

  • Location: Yuma, AZ
  • Building type(s): Single-family residential
  • New construction
  • 1,750 sq. feet (163 sq. meters)
  • Project scope: a single building
  • Completed June 2003
    The house was completed in June 2003 but remained unfurnished and unoccupied through June 2004. While unoccupied, NREL monitored the space-conditioning performance and energy consumption of the home with standard thermostat settings.

The U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground base housing will need replacing between 2004 and 2006. This energy-efficient home demonstrated several technologies that could be incorporated into the new base housing.

Environmental Aspects

The demonstration home included extensive architectural shading, low-e windows, structural insulated panel (SIP) construction, an efficient air-conditioner and appliances, compact fluorescent lighting, a solar water heater, and photovoltaics. The home uses about one third the energy of a similar home built using standard practices in Yuma.

Owner & Occupancy

  • Owned and occupied by U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Federal government

The demonstration home houses visiting Army personnel, so the occupancy varies on a weekly basis and is often zero.

Building Programs

Indoor Spaces: Living quarters (100%)

Keywords

Performance measurement and verification, Insulation levels, Glazing, Airtightness, HVAC, Efficient lighting, On-site renewable electricity, Thermal comfort

Team & Process

The house was tested for shell and duct leakage in June 2003. A data-acquisition system was installed at that time to monitor weather, temperature in the home, energy consumption, and photovoltaic production. The home was also modeled using DOE-2 software.

  • DOE-2 energy-modeling software
  • Campbell Scientific data logger
[Soheir "Sue" Ibrahim](learnmore.cfm?ProjectID=336) U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground Owner/developer Yuma, AZ
[Trina Masepohl](learnmore.cfm?ProjectID=336) National Renewable Energy Laboratory Project manager Golden, CO [http://www.nrel.gov](http://www.nrel.gov)
[Paul Norton](learnmore.cfm?ProjectID=336) National Renewable Energy Laboratory Performance tester Golden, CO [http://www.buildingamerica.gov](http://www.buildingamerica.gov)

The design team also included:

  • Architect
  • Energy consultant
  • Environmental building consultant
  • Project Manager

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Energy

The Yuma Energy Demonstration House uses about one third the energy of a similar home built using standard practices in Yuma. The home incorporates a number of energy-efficient strategies and renewable-energy technologies:

  • extensive architectural shading,
  • low-e windows,
  • a tight shell,
  • sealed air ducts inside the conditioned space,
  • structural insulated panel (SIP) walls with an insulation value of R-28,

  • a SIP roof with an insulation value of R-42,
  • a heat-recovery ventilation system,
  • an air-conditioner with an efficiency rating of SEER 14.5,
  • efficient appliances,
  • compact fluorescent lighting,
  • a solar water heater, and
  • a photovoltaic system.

The energy use figures given here are from DOE-2 energy simulations using the Building America Benchmark assumptions for plug loads and occupant behavior. The figures assume year-round occupancy and take into account the electricity produced by the PV system.

 

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Awards

  • White House Closing the Circle Award in 2004;  Category/title: Sustainable Design/Green Building

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Learn More

It is not possible to visit this project and tours are not available.

*Primary Contact* Soheir "Sue" Ibrahim U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground Owner/developer Yuma, AZ   928-328-3021
Paul Norton National Renewable Energy Laboratory Performance tester 1617 Cole Blvd Golden, CO  80305 303-384-7545 [http://www.buildingamerica.gov](http://www.buildingamerica.gov)
Trina Masepohl National Renewable Energy Laboratory Project manager 1617 Cole Blvd Golden, CO  80401 303-384-7518 [http://www.nrel.gov](http://www.nrel.gov)