Jake Copley | Mechanical | Biobehavioral Health Building | University Park, PA

Thesis Proposal



Depth - Energy Reduction

The energy consumption of BBH will be investigated through modifications to the buildings thermal mass, heating and cooling distribution methods and the addition of a heat recover system and a solar energy conversion system. The cost, energy savings, payback periods and general life cycle energy usage of the building will be studied.

Revisions updated on 1/9/2012: Text changes were made from faculty comments.

Breadth 1 - Electrical System Analysis

Modifying the mechanical system of the building can have an impact on the demand from the electrical service. After resizing the mechanical equipment, electrical distribution equipment will be resize as necessary.

Breadth 2 - Structural System Analysis

Addition of mass to the building along with a solar energy conversion system will add significant loads to the buildings structure. An investigation of these additional loads on the structure will be investigated and redesigned as necessary.



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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 buildings designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Jake Copley. 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.

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