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2011 Solar Decathlon Sun-Powered House Competition Kicks Off in Washington DC - Exclusive Photos

by , 09/25/11

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Re_home is designed to be rapidly deployed to provide housing in the event of a natural disaster. The home consists of two modules that can be transported on a single trailer, and a flexible floor plan allows it to accommodate a range of living situations.

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Team Maryland’s WaterShed house was inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. This resource-efficient employs a wide range of water-saving features including a rainwater channeling split butterfly roof, a water filtering green roof, and an edible garden wall. Grey water is collected from the dishwasher, shower, lavatory, and clothes washer and filtered through the home’s constructed wetlands, which run right through the middle of the house.

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Appalachian State University’s Solar Homestead was inspired by traditional Appalachian settlements – it consists of a central living core that opens out to a generous outdoor living space called the Great Porch. A phase-changing Trombe wall system helps regulate the interior temperature while 42 bifacial solar panels supply the building with energy while providing filtered daylighting.The solar array also provides shade for the Great Porch, which connects the main home with a storage system and a smaller space that could be used as an office or guest bedroom.

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3 Comments

  1. kelly moore September 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Atitaya,

    What projects are you interested in???

    Kelly Moore

  2. atitaya wongkiam September 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

    interesting projects and want to know more about it.

  3. Kelly Moore September 26, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I would like to know how the envelope of the buildings are built? How much R-Value they have?

    All the things like water walls and funky looking boxes are good but how many people in neighborhoods are willing to have them next door to them, kinda like Brad Pitt’s Make it Right in The 9TH Ward?

    Lets make it look like a traditionally built home …BUT make it NET-ZERO…

    The home in the pictures #13 looks great because you could move it into any place in America and it would be welcome…

    Kelly Moore
    561.309.2420

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