With a compact design, wrap-around shade and vertical siding, the design is a bit reminiscent of Michelle Kaufmann’s MkLotus house. While designing the home, the student design/build team kept a small family who lost their home to a tornado in mind. The Re-home is two modules that can fit on a single trailer and be setup on-site in a day.
The home’s 7.2 kW solar array can be tilted to maximize sun exposure and power the air source heat pump. AC and heating is distributed by an all-in-one Central Energy Recovery Ventilation system that also pumps in fresh air and removes the stale. A super-insulated wall and roof utilize spray foam, which also tightly seals the house envelope while stiffening it in the event of a natural disaster.
The siding is a mix of cedar strips and composite product that uses rice husks and minerals as its main ingredients. Reclaimed wood and recycled content material help finish the interior. A straightforward floorplan houses two bedrooms, bath, kitchen, and living room in 978 square feet.
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