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Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlon
Posted By Andrew Michler On June 25, 2010 @ 2:55 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Green Design Competitions,Green Design Events,Green Materials,Prefab Housing,Renewable Energy,Solar Decathlon,Sustainable Building,Uncategorized,Zero energy | No Comments
The entire house is panelized to allow it to be flat packed and assembled around 7 square “ribs”. Because of the standardization of the system it can be configured in many different ways. Keeping cool is the name of the game in Madrid, so the Team installed a large 12 kWh solar array  on top to shade the home and wrapped the entire building in louvers. The solar array on the house’s walls is a fascinating development — they are actually cylinders that can absorb light from all directions, including reflected light from the home’s windows. Doubling as a window covering, the tubular solar panels are an ingenious way of combining a strong architectural detail with renewable technologies.
The dog trot is has an awning that folds down to secure the home. The interiors are simple and spacious, using different scales that provide a generous open feeling to this modularized home. The large openings to the outdoors and separated rooms allow the home to connect seamlessly to the surrounding environment, and allows for privacy between the living and bedroom.
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URLs in this post:
 Solar Decathlon competition: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/18/solar-decathlon-europe-starts-today/
 long tradition: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/11/the-crib-prefab-inspired-by-traditional-american-corn-cribs/
 Re:Focus House: http://solardecathlon.ufl.edu/
 natural ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/page/4/?s=natural+ventilation
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/06/refocus-lead03.jpg
 solar array: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/06/refocus-lead02.jpg
 + Solar Decathlon Coverage on Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/solar-decathlon/
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