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Identification Characteristic of Energy Efficient Timber House

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The energy efficient house principle is to minimize the use of energy for household and daily activity. Timber house is the potential in saving energy due to its characteristics. Effort in saving energy for the building has been done, such as the use of supporting energy save including solar panel and design house to circulate air and heat in a passive house. The aim of this paper is to identify the potential of energy efficient in a timber house and it’s characteristic. The methodology used is survey data on traditional timber houses in Woloan village, North Sulawesi. The result shows that there is limited implementation of energy efficient timber houses in Woloan village. The characteristic of energy efficient timber house is construction on floor, wall, roof and opening with treatment to safe energy passively and the use of the solar panel. There is potential in improving the quality of timber houses to be energy efficient buildings. The use of solar panels for timber houses based on order has been recognized, although the construction is conducted by the solar panel company. Moreover, the construction and lay out of the house is dominant by natural ventilation and adequate opening for natural light. There is a need for further research to evaluate the amount of energy efficient in a different type of timber house as well as the mixed construction of timber and other construction material.


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This research is funded by Indonesia Ministry of Research and Technology, National Research and Innovation Council under the scheme of High Institution Priority Basic Research.

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Makalew, F.P., Rumbayan, R., Senduk, N. (2022). Identification Characteristic of Energy Efficient Timber House. In: Belayutham, S., Che Ibrahim, C.K.I., Alisibramulisi, A., Mansor, H., Billah, M. (eds) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering Structures and Construction Materials. SCESCM 2020. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 215. Springer, Singapore.

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