At this year’s Solar Decathlon event, Team Paris will unveil an innovative new urban living concept: plug-in housing. Live Lib is a community of plug-in capsule homes that share energy provided and managed by the city. The idea developed as a solution for the ever-present conundrum most large cities face in trying to provide the burgeoning urban population with sustainable energy at reasonable costs.

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The small residential buildings would be fully owned by the residents. However, the energy needed to power the home would be controlled by a central hub which contains the systems for energy production, ventilation, electricity, water and waste. The hub’s energy output would be managed by the city, and individual usage supplied to the homes would be billed accordingly.

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According to Team Paris members, the strategy behind the Live Lib plug-in housing is to provide low-cost housing in an urban setting while simultaneously reducing community costs and energy consumption.

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