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Joshua Raphael, Architectural Engineer Thesis, Construction Management















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 Josh Raphael. 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 incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

Thesis Proposal


Breadth Study


There are two technical analyses that will fall in to the electrical breadth study. The two analyses are Solyndra Solar Panels and Building Automation Systems.

In order to determine the savings from the Solyndra Solar Panels many calculations must be made. The amount of solar panels that can be applied to the roof and the energy that the solar panels produce must be calculated based on size, location, and direction. The energy produced will be deducted from the typical hotel building energy consumption to determine savings. These savings will determine how long it will take for the owner to profit from his investment.

The Building Automation Systems will need to make calculations to determine how much energy will be saved and also how much water will be saved resulting in further cost savings.


The implementation of SIP panels will fall into the mechanical breadth study. The SIP panels have a much higher R- value than the tradition 2 x 6 stud construction. With a higher R-value the SIP panels can save a lot of money through reduced heating and cooling loads because the building leakage will be decreased. By determining and comparing the leakage between the two types of construction, I can calculate the annual amount of energy and cost savings through SIP implementation.

Executive Summary

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