Students from Middlebury College have designed InSite - a thoughtful solar-powered home that will compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon architecture competition. In addition to a unique solar power system and a clever mechanical chimney core, the use of locally-sourced and reclaimed materials sets this house apart from some of the other collegiate designs we've seen so far. Hit the jump to learn more.
Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from Vermont, the steel-framed structure is finished off with 48 14 inch-thick wall panels and an 18 inch roof. Cellulose, which has a low embodied energy footprint, is used for insulation to ensure minimal thermal loss. Even more impressively, the floors are made with Maple felled and milled within 10 miles of the Bread Loaf campus!
The home has a north-facing slope roof and glazing on the southern side that controls solar gain; the “solar path” system of PV cells are also on the south side and are mounted on elevated poles to double as a walkway for students on campus once the competition is complete. All of the mechanical systems are housed in the chimney core that also evacuates heat in the summer, and the home has been specifically designed with small bedrooms and large public areas to encourage maximum social activity.
A smart home that respects Vermont’s vernacular architecture, InSite also boasts serious sophisticated heating and cooling technology that require the smallest amount of energy. It’s an impression design and we’re looking forward to seeing them in Irvine!