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MED in Italy, Rome, SDE 2012, Solar Decathlon Europe, Madrid, photovoltaic panels, energy-efficiency, prefab design, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, rainwater harvesting, thermal storage

MED in Italy is a clever play on words that refers to the fact that the home was made in Italy, but it also refers to the Mediterranean climate around which the home was designed. In order to be able to use wood as the main construction material and still maintain high energy performance, the team from Rome added wall layers that can be filled with heavy materials with good thermal mass once the home is installed.

In addition to catering to the typical Mediterranean lifestyle (think leisurely drinks on the terrace), the central courtyard acts as a buffer zone between the protective shield and the remaining home. Rainwater is collected underneath the deck to maintain the numerous plants in this verdant space, which contributes to water conservation.

Inside the home has a bohemian feel. This is amplified by the colorful choice of decor and a giant fish painted on the wall, which elongates the compact space. And finally, the rooftop photovoltaic panels generate rouhgly 9.330 kWh of energy per year, nearly double what is necessary, while tubes of thermal sand store leftover energy that is used to heat the house overnight. Keep up the good work MED in Italy!

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