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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

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The home is constructed of fiber cement [2] and wood-clad windows. Since the passive windows [3] and walls are built to collect, store, and distribute solar heat [4] in the winter and reject it in the summer without mechanical or electric [5] devices, most of its energy comes from the two solar units in the form of asymmetrical trellises [6] offset from the roof. The first solar array is comprised of 28 photovoltaic [7] panels. Additional hybrid solar thermal panels sit behind the first set and are used to heat the house and hot water [8] system. The trellises also break up the exterior of the home, creating panoramic shaded porches [9] or seating areas.

Inside the home, there are two bedrooms [10], a living room, dining room, kitchen, and small workspace all set in an open circular [11] plan. Two of the walls are in fact movable partitions, adapting to the various entertaining [12] or privacy needs of the inhabiting family. A fold down work table [13]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 [14]by the students.

Each home appliance is EnergyStar [15] rated, including the various LED lights and even a Whirlpool refrigerator [16] that uses less than $42 of electricity a year. Team Massachusetts hopes a family will purchase the 4D home after the competition [17], so they may measure their energy use and savings.

+ Team Massachusetts [18]

+ Solar Decathlon [19]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/solar-decathlon-team-massachusetts-takes-a-passive-approach-with-their-4d-home/team-massachusetts-4d-home4/

[2] fiber cement: http://inhabitat.com/contemporary-seattle-residence-uses-bright-green-fiber-cement/

[3] passive windows: http://inhabitat.com/slunakov-eco-education-center/

[4] solar heat: http://inhabitat.com/first-us-solar-thermal-power-plant-in-decades-is-approved-in-california/

[5] electric: http://inhabitat.com/electronics-recycling-101-tips-to-repurpose-old-electronics/

[6] trellises: http://inhabitat.com/a-student-designed-community-garden-sprouts-in-rhode-island/trellis/

[7] photovoltaic: http://inhabitat.com/solar-ivy-building-integrated-modular-photovoltaic-system-grows-bigger-better/

[8] hot water: http://inhabitat.com/eliosolar-thermal-shades-provide-solar-hot-water-for-a-new-la-home/

[9] porches: http://inhabitat.com/colorful-hawaii-wildlife-center-protects-and-rehabilitates-endangered-species-on-the-big-island/

[10] bedrooms: http://inhabitat.com/take-your-next-vacation-in-a-floating-off-grid-solarhome/

[11] circular: http://inhabitat.com/circular-pod-tea-house-is-heated-by-compost/

[12] entertaining: http://inhabitat.com/architect-barbie-dream-house-winning-design-unveiled-and-it-has-a-green-roof/barbie-dream-house-winner-2/

[13] work table : http://inhabitat.com/modo-designs-airy-building-in-india/

[14] fabricated : http://inhabitat.com/uk-school-children-build-a-greenhouse-out-of-recycled-plastic-bottles/

[15] EnergyStar: http://inhabitat.com/your-homes-energy-efficiency-could-be-one-of-the-safest-investments-of-all/

[16] refrigerator: http://inhabitat.com/refrigerators-that-run-on-magnets/

[17] competition: http://inhabitat.com/springgreening/category/finalists/

[18] + Team Massachusetts: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/team_massachusetts.html

[19] + Solar Decathlon: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-decathlon/

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