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PHOTOS: Ohio State University's Solar Decathlon enCORE House Does More with Less in a 900 Sq Foot Space
In addition to the impressive solar array, the house also uses both passive and active strategies like stack ventilation and a heat pump water heater to lower its energy and resource usage even further. The house has low-U value windows that are placed strategically amidst the prefab polycarbonate wall system in order to draw sunlight into the home, cutting down on the need for artificial lighting – something that will save a family living in the enCORE home more money even after they purchase it. The enCORE‘s roof is also sloped to collect rainwater, which can then be used to water plants or for plumbing.
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