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AbstractThis study aims to inform and show different ways to utilize solar energy. Solar Energy is defined as energy obtained from sunlight and heat. Solar energy is widely abundant and has numerous uses and applications in addition to the conventional photovoltaic panel. In addition, other methods use solar energy in more passive and subtle ways that can promote sustainability and energy efficiency. This study will analyze the benefits of Solar Energy in the built environment in the Sunbelt States. This study answers the questions of what are ways that people can use solar energy, implement solar energy into architectural designs, what are effective materials to use in said design, how affordable are these methods, and what are possible ways to encourage the use of solar energy? Building orientation paired with smart building materials and other design choices provide an alternative method to utilize solar energy in the built environment. Solar panels enable homeowners to eliminate their electric bills. Adobe and rammed earth structures offer an alternative to conventional concrete that can reduce if not altogether remove, the need for utilities like air conditioning. Proper building orientations will save thousands of kilowatt-hours over the course of a year in large buildings.
DescriptionSustainable Built Environments Senior Capstone Project