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The 25-square-meter Biosphera 2.0 has already hit the road, starting with installation in the Italian town Courmayeur at the foot of Mount Blanc. From there the mobile home will pop up for two months at a time in Aosta, Milan, Rimini, Torino, and finally Lugano where it will end its trip. Researchers from Aktivhaus, Politecnico di Torino DAD, University of Valle d’Aosta, ZEPHIR-Passivhaus Italy, and Swiss MINERGIE will collect, monitor, and analyze the Biosphera 2.0’s energy performance data and feedback from the 24 inhabitants over the course of twelve months.

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Built to Passivhaus and Minergie energy standards, Biosphera 2.0 is based on the design of a competition-winning concept developed by Politecnico di Torino architecture students. Though small, the zero-energy dwelling offers all the standard comforts of home including a bedroom, bathroom, living area, kitchen, and outdoor deck. The home is also equipped with LEDs and constructed from PEFC-certified timber. Thanks to its passive house design and effective insulation, the Biosphera 2.0 can adapt to a variety of environmental conditions, such as urban pollution, and temperatures from -21 degrees Celsius (-5.8 Fahrenheit) in winter to 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit) in summer. The interior air temperatures fluctuate between a comfortable 21 to 25 degrees Celsius (69.8 to 77 Fahrenheit) year-round without need for an external heating or cooling network.

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The 250,000 Euro Biosphera 2.0 prototype will end its one-year tour on February 28, 2017.

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