Experiment #A6 At the Interlock

The CBER Team

Team CBER ran their sixth experiment (Mar7-8th) at the interlock. Using  over 70 sensors the team made time not only to set up but to also meet with Mike our mechanical specialist and run through some test. The team meet with the occupants on strategies for creating a confortable environment while maintaining a non-hassle routine.

The CBER team training with Mike Wassmer, the mechanical room specialist.






Interlock House Featured on National Solar Tour

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) 19th Annual National Solar Tour will make a stop in Iowa this year at the Interlock House Community Laboratory. The house will have an open tour from 1pm~4pm on Oct. 3 and 4.

Students Win in the Iowa NSF EPSCoR Annual Meeting Poster Competition

Shan He and Esdras Murillo, with the poster Distributed data acquisition system design to measure indoor air stratification won the third place in the EPSCoR annual meeting poster competition.

CBER get involved with Ames Summer Enrichment Program

CBER researcher Shan He and intern Mackenzie Betz volunteered to give 6 classes on building science for Ames Summer Enrichment Program. About 40 students entering 4th and 5th grade took the whole 6 classes.

Class content is hands-on experiment looking for "What makes me feel hot or cold?". From the pre- and post-assessment survey, about 10% students increased their interests in science through this class. Shan has developed the curriculum into basic, medium and advanced modules, and can cover different levels for K-12 education.

CBER researcher presented at ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference

Shan He, a research associate from ISU CBER team presented at the 2014 ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers) Annual Conference. Her presnetation is about the energy efficiency study on the Interlock House with post-occupancy measurement and data analysis. This study alert that a net-zero designed house could be low energy efficient if not operated as designed. Occupants and maintanance team needs to learn how to operate a hybrid designed house.