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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Affordable Re_Home is Prepped for Natural Disaster Recovery

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 4, 2011 @ 10:13 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Features,Green Building,Prefab Housing,Solar Decathlon | No Comments

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This year, a strong focus was placed on affordability and Team Illinois [1] worked hard to minimize costs where possible through the use of materials. They estimate the final cost of the Re_home, which consists of two modules with a master bedroom, a guest room/office/2nd bedroom, one bath, and an open living, kitchen and dining area to be about $250,000. Prefabricated and assembled off site, the modules are both easily transported on one truck and then quickly off loaded and set into place. In addition, pre-assembly of the 7.2 kW solar system (comprised of 3 panels of 8 E18: 230 modules by Sunpower Corporation) means that as soon as the house arrives, it can start providing power, which is critical during emergency and recovery situations.

The solar panels [2] also act as a solar canopy to shade the south facades, which are paneled with a mix of 60% rice husks, 22% common salt, and 18% mineral oil and can be personalized with different finishes. Super insulation and high performance glazing minimizes losses, while a centrally located air-source heat pump with a forced air distribution system with energy recovery provides efficient heating and cooling. The home is organized around a private and public triangle to maximize space. Outside, an edible garden provides on-site food production and reclaimed wood and recycled materials finish out the interior.

At the end of the competition, Re_home came in 7th place [3] with 875.715 pts, a nice leap from the 11th place spot they were in earlier.

+ Re_Home [1]

+ Inhabitat’s Solar Decathlon Coverage [4]

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[1] Team Illinois: http://www.solardecathlon.illinois.edu/

[2] solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/solar-power

[3] Re_home came in 7th place: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/scores_teams_illinois.html

[4] + Inhabitat’s Solar Decathlon Coverage: http://inhabitat.com/category/solar-decathlon

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