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Type: Conference paper
Title: Investigating the impact of earth tubes in an Earthship
Author: Soebarto, V.I.
Williamson, T.
Freney, M.
Citation: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA): Building Simulation 2017, 2017 / Barnaby, C., Wetter, M. (ed./s), vol.1, pp.783-792
Publisher: International Building Performance Simulation Association
Publisher Place: San Francisco, USA
Issue Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781775052005
ISSN: 2522-2708
Conference Name: 15th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA): Building Simulation 2017 (07 Aug 2017 - 09 Aug 2017 : San Francisco, USA)
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Veronica Soebarto, Terence Williamson, Martin Freney
Abstract: This paper presents a sensitivity analysis that explores the impact of design and operational factors on the performance of ‘earth tubes’ as a ‘passive’ cooling and heating strategy built into an Earthship dwelling located in South Australia. Earth tubes are pipes buried underground acting as heat exchangers to deliver fresh air to the internal spaces, which is cooled in summer and warmed in winter. The results show that the air flow and temperature in the earth tubes was sensitive to how the dwelling was being operated. Through simulations, the ideal scenarios of operating the dwelling in summer and winter in this location as well as in the climate where the Earthship concept was invented, i.e. Taos, New Mexico, are reported. Lessons learned from the study will help those who consider implementing earth tubes in their buildings.
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by IBPSA.
RMID: 0030094701
DOI: 10.26868/25222708.2017.206
Published version: http://www.ibpsa.org/building-simulation-2017/
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