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SOLAR DECATHLON: Team Massachusetts Takes a Passive Approach with their 4D Home
Posted By Molly Cotter On September 13, 2011 @ 4:30 pm In Architecture,Environment,Green Building,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | No Comments
The 2011 Solar Decathlon's Team Massachusetts evokes the East coast sublime with their New England style 4D home. Using passive strategies and solar technology, the single story house is efficient, affordable, and adaptable to a family's changing needs. Comprised of students from both the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the team focused not only on using renewable energy, but also minimizing energy consumption by integrating passive technology.
The home is constructed of fiber cement  and wood-clad windows. Since the passive windows  and walls are built to collect, store, and distribute solar heat  in the winter and reject it in the summer without mechanical or electric  devices, most of its energy comes from the two solar units in the form of asymmetrical trellises  offset from the roof. The first solar array is comprised of 28 photovoltaic  panels. Additional hybrid solar thermal panels sit behind the first set and are used to heat the house and hot water  system. The trellises also break up the exterior of the home, creating panoramic shaded porches  or seating areas.
Inside the home, there are two bedrooms , a living room, dining room, kitchen, and small workspace all set in an open circular  plan. Two of the walls are in fact movable partitions, adapting to the various entertaining  or privacy needs of the inhabiting family. A fold down work table is fixed to the wall behind the kitchen and is naturally lit by a skylight. All of the home’s furniture and artwork are designed and fabricated by the students.
Each home appliance is EnergyStar  rated, including the various LED lights and even a Whirlpool refrigerator  that uses less than $42 of electricity a year. Team Massachusetts hopes a family will purchase the 4D home after the competition , so they may measure their energy use and savings.
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 fiber cement: http://inhabitat.com/contemporary-seattle-residence-uses-bright-green-fiber-cement/
 passive windows: http://inhabitat.com/slunakov-eco-education-center/
 solar heat: http://inhabitat.com/first-us-solar-thermal-power-plant-in-decades-is-approved-in-california/
 electric: http://inhabitat.com/electronics-recycling-101-tips-to-repurpose-old-electronics/
 trellises: http://inhabitat.com/a-student-designed-community-garden-sprouts-in-rhode-island/trellis/
 photovoltaic: http://inhabitat.com/solar-ivy-building-integrated-modular-photovoltaic-system-grows-bigger-better/
 hot water: http://inhabitat.com/eliosolar-thermal-shades-provide-solar-hot-water-for-a-new-la-home/
 porches: http://inhabitat.com/colorful-hawaii-wildlife-center-protects-and-rehabilitates-endangered-species-on-the-big-island/
 bedrooms: http://inhabitat.com/take-your-next-vacation-in-a-floating-off-grid-solarhome/
 circular: http://inhabitat.com/circular-pod-tea-house-is-heated-by-compost/
 entertaining: http://inhabitat.com/architect-barbie-dream-house-winning-design-unveiled-and-it-has-a-green-roof/barbie-dream-house-winner-2/
 work table : http://inhabitat.com/modo-designs-airy-building-in-india/
 fabricated : http://inhabitat.com/uk-school-children-build-a-greenhouse-out-of-recycled-plastic-bottles/
 EnergyStar: http://inhabitat.com/your-homes-energy-efficiency-could-be-one-of-the-safest-investments-of-all/
 refrigerator: http://inhabitat.com/refrigerators-that-run-on-magnets/
 competition: http://inhabitat.com/springgreening/category/finalists/
 + Team Massachusetts: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/team_massachusetts.html
 + Solar Decathlon: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-decathlon/
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