[ Architectural/Urban Planning and Design ]
Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering - Vol. 15, No. 3, pp.543-548
ISSN: 1346-7581 (Print) 1347-2852 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Sep 2016
Received 02 Apr 2015 Accepted 11 Jul 2016
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3130/jaabe.15.543

The Passive Design Strategies and Energy Performance of a Zero-energy Solar House: Sunny Inside in Solar Decathlon China 2013

Shaosen Wang1 ; Feng Shi*, 2 ; Benbin Zhang3 ; Jianghui Zheng3
1Professor, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xiamen University China
2Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xiamen University China
3Postgraduate Student, School of Energy Research, Xiamen University China

Correspondence to: *Feng Shi, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xiamen University A314, Zengchengkui Building, Xiamen, China Tel: +86-180-462-10735 Fax: +86-592-218-8958 E-mail: shifengx@126.com


This paper describes the passive design strategies of Sunny Inside, which is a zero-energy solar house designed to participate in Solar Decathlon China 2013. Ecological atrium design, shading design, natural ventilation design, heat storage system design and thermal insulation design of Sunny Inside are introduced and analyzed respectively. The discussion of the building's energy performance is based on the measured and simulated data by using several building simulation softwares in the study. Ecotect software is used to optimize the house's shading design through simulating the shading conditions. Phoenics software is used for simulating the natural ventilation design of Sunny Inside. Designbuilder software is used in building envelope design to analyze the building's energy consumption. The results show that Sunny Inside is reasonable in passive energy efficiency design.


passive design strategies, energy performance, Solar Decathlon, zero-energy house


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