Gallery: Lumenhaus Pulls Ahead at the Solar Decathlon With Smart Adapta...

 

The metal-clad Lumenhaus has attracted a lot of attention at the Solar Decathlon Europe for its deeply integrated design and ability to adjust to a number of weather conditions. A potent design that embraces the Bauhaus tradition to illuminate sustainable technology, it also packs a spacious living space into just 800 square feet. Introduced at the 2009 Solar Decathlon, the Virginia Tech team is looking like a favorite to blast away the competition and win this year’s event. Are you rooting for Team Lumenhaus? Let us know in the comments!

The home is modest is size. In fact, you can simply hook a semi to it and move it anywhere you want. But don’t be fooled –  they packed a lot of living into the Lumenhaus. The center of the home houses the bathing area, while the outer walls are flanked by a bedroom and kitchen. Many pieces of furniture have the ability to tuck away to adapt the space for other activities. The dramatic outside screens can close when the home detects hot or incremental weather, but still let natural light in through the aerogel translucent wall panels. The solar array on the roof adjusts its pitch to maximize its solar profile and provides the energy to run a dual heat pump.

The heating system uses radiant floor heat that is served by a water-to-water and water-to-air heat pump connected to a ground source coil. This allows the home to get maximum efficiencies depending on internal and external conditions. The integrated controls in the house let you adjust the entire lighting and climate system from an iPhone interface or let the home smart metering do the thinking for you. You can even change the light color rending with the advanced LED lighting system. Learn more on their 10 min video documentary explaining how the home works.

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3 Comments

  1. Rustic Lakewood House H... December 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

    [...] home has a bit of a split personality going on with one facade showcasing a solar screen of indigenous logs and the other speaking to a more modern sensibility. Built to house an extended [...]

  2. Virginia Tech Pulls Ahe... June 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    [...] Virginia Tech Pulls Ahead at Solar Decathlon With Lumenhaus by admin under Uncategorized But don’t be fooled – they packed a lot of living into the Lumenhaus. The center of the home houses the bathing area, while the outer walls are flanked by a bedroom and kitchen. Many pieces of furniture have the ability to tuck away to adapt the space for other activities. The dramatic outside screens can close when the home detects hot or incremental weather, but still let natural light in through the … Read ahead [...]

  3. dori bennett June 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I love this house. I saw it in DC in the Fall. Very livable – wonderful design! Go VT!!!!!!

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