Gallery: East Meets West in Tongji University’s Para Eco-House Design f...

China's Tongji University architectural students have drawn inspiration from Daoist principles of passive and active forces with Para Eco-House, their entry into the 2012 European Solar Decathlon, while also incorporating the Western philosophies of independence and autonomy. Responding to questions of energy efficiency, they installed a Photovoltaic-Thermal, but they also used Passivhaus strategies in order to minimize energy use. The resulting house is increasingly self sufficient and can function largely off-grid, and it also fits in with a more Western view of individuality. That's pretty deep for a house!

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