Toward a self-sufficient system for human housing

O. J. Loewer, D. G. Colliver, G. A. Duncan, D. K. Mynear, W. J. Cochran

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This paper discusses the simulation of a housing system in which most of the food and energy used by the occupants is produced locally. Energy is pro duced by solar collectors and methane generators. Food is produced in greenhouses, gardens, and fish tanks. Wastes are recycled as fertilizer and methane gas. The model uses solar energy submodels, engineer ing descriptions of heating and cooling systems, weather and construction parameters, tables of dietary needs, and food-production rates to obtain estimates of system self-sufficiency. The model uses the methods of system dynamics and the DYNAMO simulation language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1977

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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