As of August 2022, we have been monitoring energy use at the Iowa Nest Residence for three years post-occupancy. How is the home doing? How does it compare with our predictions and energy models? What lessons can we learn to apply to future ultra-low-energy designs? This post reviews the data and shares some observations and lessons learned.
It’s now been a little over a month since we’ve been gathering temperature and humidity data from the still-not-complete and still-unconditioned house. I previously wrote that the early data seemed to show more stable, and generally warmer, indoor temperatures. That story is now even clearer.
We’ve added temperature and humidity sensors to the house in three locations, so we can start to track the home’s actual measured performance. While these sensors will be most useful once the house is complete, the data that’s coming back now is already interesting, and is already showing the effectiveness of the passive design measures.
For those interested, you can track the live data here: http://www.iowanest.com/monitor/