SCI-Arc/Caltech's DALE Solar Decathlon house is a brilliant sun-powered micro home comprised of two prefabricated modules that are set on rails for mobility. The two parts can function individually or as a complete unit, depending on the particular climatic conditions, and the house packs the same program as a home three times its modest size.
DALE, which is an acronym for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is a net zero micro dwelling that produces all of its own energy with rooftop solar panels. It is also incredibly energy efficient thanks to the incorporation of intelligent passive design, daylighting, LED lights and low energy appliances and electronics.
But most impressive of all is the California team’s dedication to creating a flexible and mobile home that responds to the regional climate. Rail-mounted and just 600 square feet, the home consists of two prefabricated modules. The first boasts two bedrooms, a living room as well as an office or open plan entertaining space while a spacious kitchen, sand room, bathroom and the mechanical room are all located in the second module. The two can be combined or separated as needed. Stay tuned for more coverage of this year’s Solar Decathlon, which will be held from October 3-13 in Orange County, California.