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With a compact design, wrap-around shade and vertical siding, the design is a bit reminiscent of Michelle Kaufmann’s MkLotus house. While designing the home, the student design/build team kept a small family who lost their home to a tornado in mind. The Re-home is two modules that can fit on a single trailer and be setup on-site in a day.

The home’s 7.2 kW solar array can be tilted to maximize sun exposure and power the air source heat pump. AC and heating is distributed by an all-in-one Central Energy Recovery Ventilation system that also pumps in fresh air and removes the stale. A super-insulated wall and roof utilize spray foam, which also tightly seals the house envelope while stiffening it in the event of a natural disaster.

The siding is a mix of cedar strips and composite product that uses rice husks and minerals as its main ingredients. Reclaimed wood and recycled content material help finish the interior. A straightforward floorplan houses two bedrooms, bath, kitchen, and living room in 978 square feet.

Make sure to check out their slick website for details on its progress. We look forward to checking them out on the National Mall at the end of September!

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