The “House Energy Doctor” is a program at the College of Architecture, of the University of Arizona, which provides students education, research and training as well as no-cost energy consultation and design prescription services for homeowners. The advanced methods taught to the students provide them with the necessary skills to conduct computer residential energy analysis and performance predictions using up-to date site survey methods and computer energy simulation programs.
This program is aimed at advanced understanding of the theories and principles related to sustainable and green building design including energy conservation, passive solar, and Net-Zero design. Developed methodologies are applicable in different regions throughout the world. Research activities include site survey methods, field and laboratory test instruments for daylight, comfort and natural ventilation. Mastery of advanced computer energy simulation for buildings and outdoor spaces. Students are prepared to achieve accreditation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED(c) Program.
Current modern technology in construction can dramatically reduce energy consumed in buildings for mechanical heating and cooling. The House Energy Doctor program annually offers students the opportunity to participate in design/build workshops on energy conservation and passive solar systems. The last workshop focused on the construction of a “cool tower” at the backyard of the HED building on campus.