Building Integrated Water Efficiency Strategies that Generate Energy and Enhance Human Thermal Comfort
AuthorSelim, Kareem Hassan
AdvisorChalfoun, Nader V.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractBuilding integrated water efficiency strategies can generate energy or reduce the energy consumption of the building. Solar and wind are two natural forces that are commonly used to provide energy to buildings today; water, on the other hand, is usually ushered off site and not utilized to its full potential. The question is how to find a way to reduce the energy used to get the water needed for the building, because water is an important aspect to care about and save. This will require several methods and strategies in order to find the best and most efficient way of doing this. This thesis is proposing a smarter way of utilizing one of earth's most precious resources as a guideline for the designer to conserve energy by using a water harvesting system, grey water system and reuse, water use reduction, water heating and cooling. Concentrating more on generating energy or reducing energy consumption using water by fuel cells, solar water heater, photovoltaic thermal and algae. Finally, the proposed method is to generate energy using algae, while growing it to the building's façade facing south. Algae panels use water and sunlight to grow, then are harvested in the building to generate enough energy to power it. Algae is the most known source of energy now and only used for industrial purposes, however applying it to a research building called Engineering Innovative building got 134 feet south façade, will be a huge source of energy to power it up. It also can be used for educational purposes to study.
Degree ProgramGraduate College