The air quality and energy efficiency research houses are two full size homes that are built using energy conservation strategies. One of the features is the augmentation with grid tied solar panels. These panels produce 11% more power than an average family of four would consume in a year, which would create a net zero energy. Another capability of the houses is the comparison of duct versus ductless HVAC performance. One of the houses is built with an advanced framing structure, which uses 2x6 instead of the typical 2x4 lumber. This framing allows for increased structural stability, 13% less lumber used than typical construction, and increased insulation space. With the baseline data, which has been collected for the past 3 years, new technologies can be retrofitted to the structures for data comparison and analysis. The air quality and energy efficiency research lab contains an array of testing equipment such as an Agilent Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer, and Agilent High Performance Liquid Chromatograph with an ion-trap mass spectrometer, a gas chromatograph, a gas chromatograph with a mass spectrometer, and an ASHRAE 5.2 filter testing facility.
- Agilent Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer
- ZAgilent High Performance Liquid Chromatograph with an ion-trap mass spectrometer
- ASHRAE 5.2 filter testing facility