Prototype energy autonomous studio in Dundee, Scotland

Stephen Reynolds, David Rodley, Neil Burford

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    Prototype Energy Autonomous Studio’ is a net-zero energy, PV- and wind-powered configurable off-grid demonstrator building, located in Dundee University’s Botanical Gardens. It was developed and constructed as a self-build collaborative student project, led by the Department of Architecture’s Macro Micro Master of Architecture research unit, with contributions from masters’ students in Civil Engineering, Renewable Energy and Applied Computing. A consortium of some 50 manufacturers and suppliers contributed specialist knowhow and donations of in-kind materials. The prototype represents a ‘live’ test-bed, monitoring energy generation and storage technologies and performance of the Passivhaus timber frame construction. This enables the feasibility of ultra-low energy and off-grid buildings powered solely by renewable sources to be assessed in the context of the Scottish Government’s strategy for a low-carbon future. We describe the research rationale, the processes and decision-making in the development of the formal and technical design of the building and energy generation, monitoring and management systems, and review present status and future expectations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSEEP 2013 - 6th International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
    EditorsJurij Krope, Abdul Ghani Olabi, Darko Goričanec
    Place of PublicationMaribor
    PublisherUniversity of Maribor, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)9789612483791
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event6th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection - Maribor, Slovenia
    Duration: 20 Aug 201323 Aug 2013


    Conference6th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection
    Abbreviated titleSEEP
    Internet address


    • Passivhaus
    • Renewable energy
    • low-carbon
    • Scotland


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