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Wednesday, October 29, 1975
Construction prof designed
solar energy home
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By Theresa Foreman
Making energy while the sun shines
could save future home owners 10 to 15
per cent on their heating and cooling bills,
according to Richard Bourne, designer of a
home which creates and stores energy with
the help of the sun and a heat pump.
Bourne, a professor of construction
management at UNL, designed the home
. built tlus summer at the Lincoln Electric
System's (LES) Rokeby Power Generating
Station southwest of Lincoln.
The home was dedicated at an open
house Tuesday morning.
Bourne said the home started as an
extracurricular student project. Students
from the Architecture and Construction
Management Colleges made working draw
ings for the home. In April, Bourne said, he
contacted LES, which financed its
A fiber-reinforced plastic roof tilted at
57 degrees toward the sun is capable of.
transmitting solar energy throughout the
A heat pump in the attic extracts heat
from the solar-heated air in the attic room
and pumps it to a water storage tank below
the first floor.
In the summer, the pump can remove
heat from the water storage tank and pump
it to the outside air, thereby storing cold
water for air conditioning.
Dampers in the attic allow heat to be
exhausted to the outside in the summer or
to be circulated within the house for
For maximum efficiency, the heat
pump operates during the day in winter
months when warm air is needed, and at
night during the summer when cool air is
The home's 1,089 sq. ft. of living space
includes two bedrooms, a kitchen and
dining area, a living room, a family room
and a garage and patio.
The home was built by Bartelome
Construction Co. at a cost of $28,000.
LES received a $'.2,500 grant from the
American Public Power Association for
research and for monitoring equipment.
Monitoring equipment, located in the
home's attached garage, will evaluate the
total system from data collected
continuously on power use and tempera
Family of three
A family of three, the Jerry Ellis family,
' will live in the home this winter. Ellis,
a LES engineer and his family will test the
home's practicality and will provide
security for the home.
The solarheat pump energy is
functional and efficient as long as the sun
shines, said Tom Arkfeld, engineer for
LES. For this reason, solar-home dwellers
cannot have large shade trees in their
yards, he said. Arkfeld added that the
home is equipped with a conventional
. heating system in case cloudy weather lasts
.'" for several days.
Arkfeld said this is the only solar-heated
home of its kind. Other solar homes, he
said, have heated or cooled water running
throughout the house rather than stored
in one area.
Arkfeld said the pump-operated home is
less costly and thus has better chance of
being built for general public use.
Bourne said the home requires electric
energy to operate the water storage and
heat pump equipment and for lighting.
He said the solar home uses about 40
per cent of the electricity required to heat,
cool and light a conventional home. The
10 to 15 per cent annual energy savings
would increase as energy costs rise, he said.
Arkfeld said LES has had inquiries
about solar energy from prospective home
builders. He said several home construction
firms across the United States have con-
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This LES home, heated and cooled by solar energy, was designed by
Richard Bourne (on fence), UNL associate professor of construction
sidered marketing a solar energy home.
Many conventional homes can be adapt
ed to solar energy use, Arkfeld said, if they
have adequate attic space which can be
opened to the sun.
LES is taking a Tvaii ana see aiuiuue,
home. He said the results of a year's
monitoring of the home will be published
nationally by the American Public Power
The house will be open to the public
through Sunday. LES officiais will be at
the site to answer questions irom o p.m.
to 8 pjn. weekdays, and from 1 pjn. to
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Arkfeld said, before further promoting the 5 p jn. Saturday and Sunday.
Alcohol treatment biased
Fees Allocation Board will meet
The Fees Allocation Board will meet
today at 5:30 p.m. in Nebraska Union 203.
Approval of minutes.
Open Forum (30 minutes will be allowed for
the presentation and discussion of pertinent
matters not Included in the agenda).
A. Election of chairman and vice-chairman.
B. Report from A-2 and B Funds Committee.
C. Review of submitted revised budgets and
0. Discussion of the criteria and procedures
for allocating funds.
E. Transfer of money to the FAB account
for a secretary and expenses.
A woman in today's society is expected
to drink like a man, but if she becomes an
alcoholic she is not treated the same as a
male alcoholic, according to Connie Clark,
community awareness coordinator for the
Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs.
Clark, who said she no longer drinks,
spoke on "The Alcoholic Woman" at Tues
day's WomenSpeak 75.
When a woman acts inappropriately, so
ciety frowns on her behavior more severely
than if she were a man, Clark said.
"Nine out of 10 men leave their alcohol
ic wives, but nine out of 10 wives stay with
their alcoholic husbands," she said.
Alcoholic parents can affect their family
also, Calrk said, adding that 80 per cent of
alcoholic parents children are likely to
become alcoholics. Some babies of alco
holic women are born dependent on
alcohol, she said.
Anyone who drinks i3 susceptible to
alcoholism, Calrk said, adding that one out
of eight drinkers will become alcoholics.
"The person who can drink all his bud
dies under the table" is most likely to
become an alcoholic, she said.
Most women who recognize their alco
holism and seek help are prescribed mood
altering drugs such as Valium and librium,
or tranquilizers, Clark said, and ninety per
cent of these women become cross
addicted to the drugs.
She told women Jo. ask ..their doctors
what they are prescribing; because the
drugs are not always necessary,
Clark said Lincoln General Hospital,
which has a chemical dependency treat
ment center, treats about 25 persons at a
time each month.
Clark said twice as many women as men
drop out of treatment centers,, because
most of the centers are male-oriented.
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