Comparison and Analysis of Energy Performance of Baseline and Enhanced Temporary Army Shelters
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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The reduction and efficient use of resources are critically important issues for the U.S. Department of Defense. The Army builds and uses temporary shelters commonly known as B-huts at forward operating bases, where energy efficiency is mission critical. B-huts are typically not insulated, lack airtightness, and are inherently energy inefficient. Significant opportunities exist to improve the energy performance of these temporary shelters. This work tested the performance and feasibility of several common technologies and techniques to improve overall energy efficiency, constructability, and sustainability of the B-hut. The performance of one control baseline B-hut shelter was compared with the performance of one enhanced B-hut shelter, which used the tested commercially available technologies. The data indicate that improvements made to the Enhanced Shelter reduced its energy consumption to at least one-fourth that of the Control Shelter.
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion