Not only does Team Germany's Counter Entropy Solar Decathlon house have a revolving curtain that keeps it cool, but it also boasts a facade made with melted recycled CD panels, recycled beams taken from the recently dismantled Aachener stadium and reused wooden furniture harvested from bulk rubbish. In fact, we haven't seen any other team pay this much attention to reusing materials at the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Madrid. But that isn't all that makes this particular entry from RWTH Aachen University so darn cool - read on for more!
The Counter Entropy House uses more recycled materials than any other Solar Decathlon entry this year
A revolving curtain mitigates excess solar gain
The facade is made with melted CD panels
A cantilevering roof provides additional shade
The curtain can be adjusted according to exterior conditions
A row of greenery makes a pleasant entry, although it does require quite a lot of attention
The interior light changes depending on what's happening with the curtain
This home has a lot of storage space and the bed folds back into the wall
The wood flooring was harvested from the recently-dismantled Aachener stadium
Ok, so we really loved the bed!
Resource efficiency played a huge role in the design of this beautiful home
Even the kitchen furniture was made from recycled materials!
A change in the curtain's position changes the entire ambience of the interior
Energy is supplied by transferring heat flows in carrier-fluids
A super sustainable thermal cooling system also keeps the interior comfortable year round
No two cupboards are the same since all of the wood panels used for the cabinets were harvested from bulk rubbish!
Efficiency hits the kitchen area too
All material choices were carefully selected to ensure maximum efficiency
This team developed their own material from melted recycled CD panels and it's amazing how good it looks!
The CD facade has good thermal properties as well.