Suncatcher Monitoring Project. Final report, September 1, 1977-December 31, 1978

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The Suncatcher Monitoring Project has to date accumulated a wide variety of data on the Nittler/Maeda Suncatcher house in Davis, California, designed by Living Systems. Highlights of the data indicate 70% solar heating during 1978 despite unusually adverse winter weather conditons and a 40% increase of solar energy in winter through clerestory glazing as compared to ordinary south glazing. The data acquisition system (DAS) only worked intermittently during 1978, but hourly data was gathered during several intervals and daily data was virtually continuous. As a back-up to this hourly gathering of data hand read data was taken daily from September ... continued below

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Maeda, B.T.; Grant, P.W. & Anson, R.D. August 1, 1979.

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The Suncatcher Monitoring Project has to date accumulated a wide variety of data on the Nittler/Maeda Suncatcher house in Davis, California, designed by Living Systems. Highlights of the data indicate 70% solar heating during 1978 despite unusually adverse winter weather conditons and a 40% increase of solar energy in winter through clerestory glazing as compared to ordinary south glazing. The data acquisition system (DAS) only worked intermittently during 1978, but hourly data was gathered during several intervals and daily data was virtually continuous. As a back-up to this hourly gathering of data hand read data was taken daily from September 1977 to the present. This manually collected data has allowed a reliable estimate of the Suncatcher house's performance. Summer data on Suncatcher window performance has been collected for comparison purposes, but budget constraints have delayed completion of computer modeling of the Suncatcher performance. Comparison of the overall Suncatcher's performance with the estimation models, SOLEST and LASL6, and simulation model, SOLSIM, appear accurate, although completion of the reflector enhancement algorithm remains desirable.

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Dep. NTIS, PC A04/MF A01.

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  • Report No.: COO-4154-4
  • Grant Number: EG-77-G-04-4154
  • DOI: 10.2172/5599421 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5599421
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1087440

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Maeda, B.T.; Grant, P.W. & Anson, R.D. Suncatcher Monitoring Project. Final report, September 1, 1977-December 31, 1978, report, August 1, 1979; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1087440/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.