Gallery: Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for ...

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is throwing everything they’ve got into the Re_house for this year's Solar Decathlon, but they're still keeping costs in check. The main focus of the project is to design high-quality house that can be quickly mobilized for emergencies. The home will be very much a plug-and-play operation, providing all the creature comforts of a regular home, but without the environmental impact. The home's modernist bend is fun, but not too radical, making it a viable design for many neighborhoods. But best of all, the team was able to keep the price under $250k which, for a house that probably will never see an energy bill, is a great deal.

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.

Make sure to check out their slick website for details on its progress. We look forward to checking them out on the National Mall at the end of September!

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+ Solar Decathlon Coverage on Inhabitat

Photos © Solar Decathlon UIUC


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