Gallery: American University of Cairo’s Solar Slide-s House is a Matchb...

The American University of Cairo has entered its Sustainable, Livable & Interactive Design (Slide-s) House into the upcoming European Solar Decathlon in Madrid. As the first entrant from North Africa, the students have created a solution to living in hot and arid conditions combining ancient techniques with modern design principles. The inner glass hub of the living area is surrounded by a movable latticework screen based on traditional Egyptian design that aims to maximize passive cooling in summer and solar gain in winter. A PV array on the roof provides for the home's energy requirements and a grey-water recovery system reduces water use. Could this design help solve some of the day-to-day problems of living in North Africa?

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