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The LOW3 House Brings Affordable Sustainability to the Solar Decathlon

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On June 25, 2010 @ 4:33 pm In Architecture,Contests,Design,Environment,Green Design Competitions,Green Interiors,Green Materials,Green Technology,Innovation,Solar Decathlon,Solar Power | No Comments

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The LOW3 combines passive solar architecture with bioclimatic optimization to minimize the house’s energy demand. The team chose to use building integrated solar panels [2] (BIPVs) on the roof and sides of the envelope and solar thermal systems throughout the home to supply the inhabitants with power. In addition to the green technology [3] used in the home, the materials that compose it are sustainable and local.

In order to make the LOW3 as versatile as possible, the team used modular building systems [4] in the design, making it easy to customize and expand when the needs of its occupants change.

+ The LOW3 House [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/06/low3-lead-02.jpg

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

[3] green technology: http://inhabitat.com/green-gadgets/

[4] modular building systems: http://inhabitat.com/architecture/prefab-housing/

[5] + The LOW3 House: http://www.etsav.upc.edu/personals/solardecathlon/index.html

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