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Title:Illinois Lo-Cal House
Author(s):Shick, Wayne L.; Jones, Rudard A.
Contributor(s):Harris, Warren S.; Konzo, Seichi; Spies, Henry R.; Zagorski, Joan R.; Sadowski, John B.
Green design
Green buildings
Abstract:The increasing scarcity of fuels makes it imperativeto include more energy conservation features in our housing. This circular describes the design, construction, and predicted performance of a house that uses approximately one-third of the energy needed to heat a house of the same size which is built to meet 1974 insulation standards (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development standards for houses located in areas having a heating season of between 4500 and 8000 degree-days). Because of its low-energy requirements for heating, the house has been called the "Illinois Lo-Cal House." If the Lo-Cal House is compared to the typical house of 1950, the savings are even more dramatic. The two features which account for the exceptional reduction are: 1) Superior insulation 2) Solar orientation Of the reduction, about 80% or more is due to the heavy insulation. The remaining reduction is due to the location of most of the windows in the south wall, where they act as solar collectors.
Issue Date:1976
Publisher:Small Homes Council-Building Research Council. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:Circular Series Index No. C2.3
Council Notes Vol. 01, No. 04
Rights Information:Copyright 1976 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-23

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