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Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work-in-progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Mr. Bell. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorportated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

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Thesis Proposal

This proposal is a continuation of the topics that were discussed in Technical Assignment III.  It set the groundwork for the research that will be conducted during the spring 2010 semester.  A major theme for this proposal is having a more integrated design and how that affects the end building product. To view the total report please click on the thumbnail to the right.

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Breadth One - Mechanical

The redesign of the building façade will change the mechanical loads on the building.  This breadth will include in-depth calculations of the cooling load generated on the building through the façade.  Both the current and proposed façade systems will be examined.  It is assumed that nay of the proposed changes will reduce the amount of sunlight that enters the space.

Breadth Two - Lighting

This study examines the changes in the lighting levels inside the building from the façade change in Analysis II.  It is expected that any of the systems chosen will lower the lighting levels in the space making it more comfortable for building occupants.  The lighting levels for both the current and proposed façades will be calculated and discussed. 


MAE Requirement

To satisfy the MAE requirement knowledge learned from two 500-level classes will be demonstrated.  Course topics from both AE 597D: Sustainable Building Methods and AE 542: Building Enclosure Science and Design will be used to conduct Analysis II.  In AE 597D the effects of building orientation and different sustainable building materials and systems were discussed.  AE 542 introduced more effective curtain wall types and design as well as how to calculate building mechanical loads. 

Revised Proposal
Updated January 15, 2010
To view the revised proposal please click on the thumbnail to the right
To view the second revision of the final proposal please click on the thumbnail to the right
Proposal Revision II
Updated February 24, 2010