Gallery: Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlo...

The University of Florida’s entry to the Solar Decathlon competition in Madrid is a design pulled from a long tradition of building in a hot climate. Their incorporated dog run -- an open passage through the heart of the house -- provides ample natural ventilation and a generous outdoor living space. The Re:Focus House took the concept of natural ventilation through generous shading and modernized it with a scalable and satisfying design -- even the contemporary window louvers are reclaimed lumber from an old home. They also added a couple new concepts as well -- like tubular solar electric panels that are creating quit the buzz.

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