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Old 02-08-2011, 10:40 AM   #961
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Yeah, I start work next month to decide whether or not I actually enjoy construction/engineering and if not, I'll be applying in the fall. Berkeley is the mecca of physics; I would be floored if I actually get in.
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Yeah, I start work next month to decide whether or not I actually enjoy construction/engineering and if not, I'll be applying in the fall. Berkeley is the mecca of physics; I would be floored if I actually get in.
Wait what engineering degree do you have? I've been considering starting another business making factory assembled modern steel and glass homes. I've got the architectural side of things down, but i still need an engineer to sign off my work, and i'm not sure what being an civil/architectural engineer entails.

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That's a house by a favorite architect of mine, Tom Kundig. But it would also be a self sustaining home(it's own power sources and battery systems) along with smart programming for efficient home HVAC. And then making it cost effective. I think it would be a revolutionary new means of home development.

Also i'm not sure if it's different for grad school, but berkeley admits once a year in november, only for the fall semester.
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Wait what engineering degree do you have? I've been considering starting another business making factory assembled modern steel and glass homes. I've got the architectural side of things down, but i still need an engineer to sign off my work, and i'm not sure what being an civil/architectural engineer entails.

Something like this,

That's a house by a favorite architect of mine, Tom Kundig. But it would also be a self sustaining home(it's own power sources and battery systems) along with smart programming for efficient home HVAC. And then making it cost effective. I think it would be a revolutionary new means of home development.

Also i'm not sure if it's different for grad school, but berkeley admits once a year in november, only for the fall semester.
My degree is construction engineering. The best description is civil with a focus on construction. I actually started in architecture but it was too abstract, so I went with engineering, now I want something more abstract, just not as abstract as pure design. As it stands right now, I can't sign off on plans because I'm not a licensed engineer. I passed the FE exam, and in order to become licensed, I would have to work under a licensed engineer for 5 years and then take the PE exam.

I like the idea, but the economic viability of a factory-built house will all sorts of technology is questionable. Obviously, schools are pushing green tech, and we spent a decent amount of time in my senior project class talking about sustainability. Once you get into better insulating materials and heat sinks/reservoirs to maintain temps in the house, the cost per square foot skyrockets, and that doesn't even take into account the type of automation you're talking about. This is a special case, but in that class we bid a TINY greenhouse that was LEED certified that had all sorts of controls to maintain temp/humidity and the controls alone were $350k. I would think the profit margins would be pretty slim in order to make a house like that attractive to buyers.

I'm actually considering another bachelors and then going to grad school. I've looked into it, and I need to take the GRE specific to physics in order to apply to grad school and the reality of it is, if I don't want to fail the test, I need the classes that come in undergrad. I have most of the math and a few of the basic mechanics/physics courses, so I figure with summer school, I could knock it out in 2.5-3 years and go from there.
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My degree is construction engineering. The best description is civil with a focus on construction. I actually started in architecture but it was too abstract, so I went with engineering, now I want something more abstract, just not as abstract as pure design. As it stands right now, I can't sign off on plans because I'm not a licensed engineer. I passed the FE exam, and in order to become licensed, I would have to work under a licensed engineer for 5 years and then take the PE exam.

I like the idea, but the economic viability of a factory-built house will all sorts of technology is questionable. Obviously, schools are pushing green tech, and we spent a decent amount of time in my senior project class talking about sustainability. Once you get into better insulating materials and heat sinks/reservoirs to maintain temps in the house, the cost per square foot skyrockets, and that doesn't even take into account the type of automation you're talking about. This is a special case, but in that class we bid a TINY greenhouse that was LEED certified that had all sorts of controls to maintain temp/humidity and the controls alone were $350k. I would think the profit margins would be pretty slim in order to make a house like that attractive to buyers.

I'm actually considering another bachelors and then going to grad school. I've looked into it, and I need to take the GRE specific to physics in order to apply to grad school and the reality of it is, if I don't want to fail the test, I need the classes that come in undergrad. I have most of the math and a few of the basic mechanics/physics courses, so I figure with summer school, I could knock it out in 2.5-3 years and go from there.
I know what you mean about the courses being too abstract.. i started out as an industrial design major(where i got the interest in architecture), and then on the engineering side of things there's little creativity. But that's where the opportunity is, having people being all engineer or all abstract, they don't understand the full spectrum, and that's where being well rounded and able to integrate different concepts into a product brings success. You mention the control systems for these being costly, but that's just another opportunity to make money. The kind of system you'd need to maintain temperature in one of these houses is very simply and could be made in house for cheap, some temp probes inside and out each window, a wind speed and direction indicator tied into the computer, and some simple motors rigged up to each window, if you developed something like that in house it would be very, very cost effective, hell, you could even write an app for an ipad to talk to your house.

You can get a wind turbine like the skystream 600 for probably around 10-12k, and realistically probably put out a couple of KW's, combine that with one of the hybrid solar water and electric systems and you've got most all your bases covered, and a big battery bank also really isn't all that costly, so with an already efficient home you'll have substantial energy surplus in your battery banks for if things go cloudy and windless for a while.

i think a good goal would be 1500-2000 sq-ft for between 100-200k, That could get all your bases covered, water, electrical and hvac. Then adding extra square footage or buildings would be as simple as just attaching them.

People love optimization and being able to buy goodies or upgrades for things.. just look at how people get the "Mod Bug" for cars, you could have a similar occurrence for a home, people wanting to buy an underground hydronic cooling/heating system, add on modules for their homes(so you could literally just bolt on another room or loft). An interface providing water and electricity to accessory modules also wouldn't be a difficult task, and it would make things very plug and play. Consolidating and fabrication, it can happen.
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