Most of us go to the store, buy our food, come home, cook, and never think about replenishing what we've received. With this in mind, the first Solar Decathlon team from Washington D.C. designed HARVEST - a brilliant solar-powered prefab home that harnesses energy from the sun and wind while providing water and food.
The net-zero home designed by Team Capitol D.C. has so many wonderful features that not only make the home itself self-sustainable, but also sustains its occupants. A rooftop photovoltaic array provides energy, a solar thermal system heats water, and the team also harvests wind to keep the home cool. Additionally, a rain screen prevents water from infiltrating the home itself, but a harvesting system allows them to capture rainwater, and grey water is recycled inside.
Central to the program is the ability to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables. This gives the home owners a deep-rooted connection not only to nature, but the surrounding community, because gardens are for sharing! A wonderful brief that takes care to make all mechanical systems user-friendly and energy-efficient, HARVEST will be heading to California to compete with other collegiate teams in this year’s Solar Decathlon competition.