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Solar Decathlon 2011: FLeX House Expands and Contracts to Beat Florida’s Heat

Posted By Tafline Laylin On June 6, 2011 @ 1:20 pm In Architecture,Solar Decathlon | No Comments

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Combining conservation measures and state-of-the-art technology, the team has developed a home that will be comfortable any time of year. With sliding glass panels and passive design [1] elements that optimize day lighting and reduce solar gain, the FLeX house will comprise both photovoltaic panels and solar thermal con­centrating panels to use as little energy as possible.

There will be no need for an energy intensive heat pump since water will be heated with a solar system, and the interior will be adorned with a waterfall that actually removes moisture from the air to reduce humidity levels. Just about everything we can think of has been incorporated into this very high-tech home, including embodied energy calculations, recyclable building materials [2], and much more, showing off the Florida team’s amazing conceptual prowess.

+ FLeX House Florida Team [3]

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[1] passive design: http://inhabitat.com/slunakov-eco-education-center/

[2] recyclable building materials: http://inhabitat.com/company-to-recycle-used-syringes-into-building-materials/

[3] + FLeX House Florida Team: http://www.flexhouse.org/about/

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