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The Science House is a 1,476-square-foot environmental demonstration building in the museum's Big Back Yard. Science House is not only a versatile program space but a true environmental experiment because it is designed to operate as a zero-emissions building (ZEB). ZEBs produce all of their energy needs on an annual basis. Because of this design, the Science House gives us a perfect opportunity to look at the seasons.
Science House generates its own electricity from the sun using a photovoltiac film applied to its metal roof. But as the seasons cycle, so does the amount of sun we see. This causes the building's production of electricity from sunlight to cycle up and down.
One of the most noticeable changes between seasons is the air temperature. To keep the Science House comfortable year round, we use a heat pump to extract heat from the ground to warm the building in the winter and to take heat out of the building and dissipate it into the ground in the summer.
By studying the various parts of this graph you can find out lots of interesting things about energy use at Science House through the seasons. Try and answer these questions.
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