Gallery: SOLAR DECATHLON 2007: University of Cincinnati

 

What’s multi-colored, solar-powered, and green all over? The University of Cincinnati’s zero energy home at this year’s Solar Decathlon. The student team’s solution is not only a stylish-looking residence (the multi-colored “tiles” are recycled Formica), but is also easy to transport, scale, and modify in any way shape or form. Throw in some very green materials and systems, and you’ve got yourself a solar powerhouse!

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  1. jimrox January 23, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I am a arc student at miami and would like to know the manufacture of these panels. Interested in using them in my design.

  2. Eric November 29, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    I realize this reply is a late, but I wanted to set the record straight on the concern of the steel columns creating a thermal bridge between the inside and outside of our house (I am a Cincinnati student that worked on the house).

    All of the exposed interior columns stop at the mid-point of the roof framing leaving about 6″ between the top of the column and the exterior of the house. They attach to a 11″ deep engineered wood beam in such a way that no thermal bridge exists.

    Good observation greg.org

  3. greg.org October 20, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    I really liked this house; the design had a lot of inventive solutions, and it looks fantastic. I especially liked the idea of adding modules as needed. But where the Darmstadt house was so incredibly insulated, this Cinn. house design has a real problem, I think: the steel beams that make each frame–and are integral to the module design and structure–will conduct the exterior cold or heat right into the house. Especially in a cold climate, this would be a huge issue, getting your tongue stuck on the kitchen wall.

  4. What’s Green Buil... October 20, 2007 at 4:45 am

    […] and articles about many of the designs. See University of Cincinnatti’s colorful contribution here, Darmstadt Germany’s stunning design here and University of Colorado’s CORE concept […]

  5. The Revolution Corporation October 19, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    The colored panels are actually break-metal and flashing scraps that the team gathered from their local roofing companies (not Formica). This house was one of the better entries, but the lack of operable windows (only doors on the South side), took them out of the running. Otherwise, it had a good floor plan, and was one of the more open and light spaces.

  6. Inhabitat » INHAB... October 19, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    […] Cincinnati’s colorful house […]

  7. Jamie October 18, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    This house was nice, but the main problem I noticed walking in was the lack of ventilation. Even with a nice 70 degree day it was immediately stuffy in here. No wonder they aren’t doing so well in the Comfort Zone contest. One of the guides explained that Pella donated their windows, but wouldn’t spring for the operable kind. But overall not a bad first time entry. I’m slightly biased though, as I was a member of the U of Maryland house =)

  8. anonymous October 17, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    this looks a bit like the LEED parking structure (completed in 2007) in Santa Monica, CA:

    http://www.kunstler.com/eyesore_200707.html

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