The students at the City College of New York's Spitzer School of Architecture are elevating their work to a new level - all the way atop the building where their classes take place. The school will be installing a solar-powered house called the Solar Roofpod on the roof of the school of architecture and when complete, the lofty perch will serve as a multi-purpose facility dedicated to sustainability. If the Roofpod looks familiar to you, it's probably because it was originally conceived as CCNY’s student-designed entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon.
The Solar Roofpod is an 800-square-foot, modular one-story structure built with sustainable materials. CCNY students designed the building to take advantage of underutilized rooftops in high-density urban areas such as New York. It can use pure solar energy to support all its utility needs including heat, cooling and electricity while producing enough surplus energy to be added back to the city grid.
Once installed atop the Spitzer School, the net-zero energy structure will be used as a classroom, an exhibit space for sustainable materials and systems, and a living learning lab. CCNY professors are also planning to use it to host lunchtime lectures by sustainability, design and construction professionals as well as New York City policymakers.
But before all of this can happen CCNY needs your help to fund the project. The City College architecture alumni have launched an Indiegogo campaign called Bring Back The Roofpod To CCNY! The donated funds will help the CUNY school construct and transport the Solar Roofpod modules from a storage site in New Jersey.
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