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Team Capitol DC's Net-Zero Harvest Solar Decathlon Home is Wrapped With an Edible Garden
Almost entirely surrounded by edible and native plants, the landscaping blurs the line between interior and exterior environments, doubling the amount of usable space, and creating an expansive sense of openness. This creates a connection with nature, and makes it easier for the inhabitant to maintain access to the local community. An ample supply of organic produce is ensured by the greywater collection system that harvests rainwater and feeds it back into the surrounding greenery.
The interior of the home features an amazing shade system that automatically opens and closes to let in the perfect amount of light, without the use of electricity. It changes position using a metal wire that contracts and expands depending on the amount of heat absorbed by the blind. Throughout the rest of the house, reclaimed and recycled materials were used where possible. Some of the components we saw that made use of second-hand resources included wall framing, exterior decking, a rain screen, interior flooring, and the furniture.
Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat
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