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Solar Home Tour 2013

UNC Charlotte 2013 Solar Decathlon House, Urban Eden

Gtgt Narrator Charlotte, North Carolina, is a fastgrowing city, committed to revitalizing its urban center as a vibrant focal point of a thriving region. Inspired by this vision, the UNC Charlotte solarpowered house, UrbanEden, is defined by a commitment to urbanism highdensity dwelling, sustainability, vibrancy and diversity, and technological innovation combined with a respect for and intimacy with the natural world. Envisioned as an urbaninfill project for young professionals or emptynesters, the home's design begins with an ancient urban building material, expertly modified to become ecofriendly precast geopolymer cement concrete.

Aesthetically versatile, but always appropriate to a city setting, the concrete provides a sound barrier to the noise of the city. And Urban Eden replaces the Portland cement binder in conventional concrete with a geopolymer material that offers a 90 reduction in carbon footprint. UrbanEden consists of four integrated interior modules. In response to Charlotte's temperate climate, the design increases living space with a series of connected indoor and outdoor rooms. Upon entering the house, visitors are welcomed into an open living, kitchen, and dining area awash with natural light, with a direct view to the exterior garden through the southfacing.

Glass wall. Urbanliving defines the design. Emphasis is on the wise and creative use of space. A table stored under the kitchen counter can be brought out to seat 8 for dinner. The television pivots for outside viewing, and a Murphy bed descends from the west wall to accommodate overnight guests. The internal core of the house contains mechanical space, a water closet and a daylit fullsized bath. With its builtin storage space and transformable bed, the master bedroom is a workspace by day and a comfortable sleeping space at night.

The spacious exterior rooms are truly an Eden a place where nature provides a peaceful setting AND the resources for healthy living. The vertical garden serves as a natural screen that offers a plentiful harvest of vegetables and fruits. A wetland purifies greywater for irrigation use. Generating energy from the sun, adjustable PV panels slide out from the roof over the outside living space, providing shade from the sun or shelter from the rain. All aspects of UrbanEden work together to produce optimum comfort while using minimal resources. The insulated geopolymer walls contain an innovative radiant heating and cooling system.

Vinyl NetZero Solar Decathlon SciArc CalTech DALE House

Today, I'm representing the SciArcCalTech DALE Dynamic Augmented Living Environment our entry into the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition DALE is Dynamic Augmented Living Environment the two modules move, but also the interior reconfigures and so we can keep the house small and condition a very small space and then open up the building to allow California to become our air conditioner during most of the year We have vinyl wrapup basically a PVC wrap that wraps the entire building. It becomes both our roof and our wall structure. All of our indoor and outdoor furniture is made to withstand both indoor and.

Outdoor uses. In thinking about what materials went into DALE we had to obviously consider USER durability, to EASE of construction, to cost. The vinyl was an amazing material for us, we found that we could use in many different things the roofing material becomes the wall material or the exterior cladding material a very important consideration for DALE because it is a moving structure. All of our interior flooring is a soft vinyl easytoclean, soft on the feet for when you're walking through DALE. Very durable. Durability being a Life Cycle Assessment.

Factor because the longer it lasts the less often you have to replace it and, if you have to replace it less, the less it has to be manufactured.and so forth. In terms of Life Cycle Assessment our plumbing is all CPVC, which is long lifetime very low energy use and making it a very good life cycle END End of Life. In thinking through the materials of DALE we really tried to think through how you can make it easiest on the environment. DALE is basically optimize to save energy.

And then. MATERIALLY, we also have a reflective white vinyl exterior that doesn't absorb heat. We have the moving canopies which shade the module also do solar gain on two of the main faces of the building. So, all of that helps us to keep the keep the temperature COOL inside. Because most houses are static they have a HARD line coming in and we had to face the challenge of using a FLEXIBLE line. So, we're using flexible tubing that comes in through our cable carriers as well as well all of our wiring and things water are drawn through the cable carriers. which organize and.

Stanford Solar Decathlon 2013 Audiovisual Presentation

What is home Home is what shapes our values. But, too often, energy awareness is overlooked. And so we grow up believing that electricity is free, that water is unlimited, and that our actions do not affect our environment. We forget that the resources we use today are the resources our children will never have. Home is a portrait of the world in balance. But how do we design homes that restore that balance It's not hard.we just have to go back to the start. Well, as it turns out it's not always easy being green, and a lot of that just has to.

Do with the way that we design and build homes. People love having custom houses, so the industry doesn't have a good way of handling energy efficiency up front. So, we thought, why not build a house more like a car But instead of an engine, take all the efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and put them in a box that you can still customize the house around Meet the core. It comes complete with heat recovery ventilation, power distribution, plumbing and greywater systems, along with fully furnished kitchen and bathroom.

The core can be personalized for each household's individual needs. We designed the core to be built in a factory using assemblyline techniques of fabrication. Once assembled, it's ready to ship on a standard flat bed truck, right to your plot of land, so that you can build the home of your dreams around it. To bring the home to life we built the Start.Home. We designed the Start.Home around the needs of a young Palo Alto couple. They love the outdoors, and they're eager to live in a way that's.

As sustainable as possible, but like most of us, they have a hard time balancing a sustainable lifestyle with a fastpaced, productive one. Luckily, that's something the Start.Home can help with. In our home the core is at the heart of a flexible open arrangement of spaces for living, dining, and creating. A bright studio space offers all the amenities and customizations necessary for any kind of work at home. Large sliding doors integrate the home's internal living space with the outdoors. the pitched roof allows for optimum southern solar exposure,.

And rests atop operable clerestory windows, which provide natural daylight and ventilation for passive heating and cooling. The house has just one bedroom for now, but to suit the needs of a growing family, the core framework makes it easy to add an additional bedroom in just a few years. Outside, our home features an expansive back porch built from recycled red wood, shaded by a majestic pergola, and surrounded by a year round garden of native flowers ad edible vegitation. The start home empowers its residents, providing them with all the information.

They need to live more sustainable lives. We've redesigned all sorts of interaction points using the principles of behaviorallyinformed design to help you become more aware and your energy production and consumption, and its causal environment. We designed the Start.Home to be intrinsically sustainable, but that doesn't mean that we underestimated the importance of the informed and motivated people who are going to live in it. In the end, it's not just about a sustainable house, but a sustainable lifestyle, and it's not a single decision but a combination decisions that you make over an entire lifetime. Just imagine if you could begin with the house.

Solar powered air conditioning

Music playing Narrator Over 50 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions you produce in your home are generated by heating, air conditioning and hot water. In other words keeping your home warm in winter, cool in summer with nice hot water on tap is emitting 2.5 to 5 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. It also contributes a hefty amount to your electricity bill, between 50 to 60 percent. CSIRO has invented a new solar air conditioning system for Australian homes. This technology solution will reduce Australia's emissions, reduce your energy.

Bills and reduce our demand for electricity and gas. If every home in Australia installed our solar cooling technology it would be the equivalent of saving 15 mega tonnes of CO2 or taking 3.5 million cars off the road. CSIRO's solar air conditioning is an innovative three in one technology that provides hot water, cooling and heating. It uses only a fraction of the electricity of current systems and halves greenhouse gas emissions. The process begins with a typical solar hot water system. Water is heated by solar panels and stored in the hot water tank.

This solar hot water can then be used throughout the home, reducing the need for gas or electricity. A portion of the hot water is diverted into CSIRO's new solar air conditioning unit, which is divided into two compartments. The hot water enters a heat exchanger in the first compartment of the unit. Similar to a car radiator the heat exchanger uses the hot water to heat outside air that has been drawn into the first compartment through the vent. At the same time outside air is also being drawn into the second compartment into a desiccant wheel.

The desiccant wheel is the most critical part of the system. It is used to dry out the air before it goes into the house. Slowly turning the desiccant material in the wheel continuously absorbs moisture in the second compartment and then the absorbent material dries out in the first compartment. The desiccant material is dried out using the hot dry air generated by the heat exchanger. This air is then exhausted outside the home. The dry air from the desiccant wheel flows through an indirect evaporative cooler which creates a stream of cool dry air.

SHADE Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium

Team ASUNM is a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and University of New Mexico. In the last decade, the population of Phoenix, Arizona has grown 30 to 4.5 million people, or 1.5 million households. We seek to address the inefficiencies of urban sprawl and reduce energy consumption by utilizing the sun. Our ultimate goal is to create a model for sustainable desert living. Inspired by the relationship between the Mesquite Tree and young Saguaro, shade is provided from exterior vertical screens and the energyproducing photovoltaic canopy. The outdoor spaces are an extension of the interior, taking advantage of the beautiful desert climate.

Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico SD2013 Audiovisual Presentation

We are Team ASUNM which stands for Arizona State and the University of New Mexico. SHADE is our home and it stands for Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium. SHADE's mission is to reduce any inefficiencies with urban sprawl that are found in the cities of Phoenix and in Albuquerque, as well as utilizing our most abundant resource which is the sun. The main concept originally derived from the relationship between young saguaro and a mesquite tree. So basically the mesquite tree shades the young saguaro as its growing which keeps it.

In a micro climate and allows it to grow. The house itself is set in an ecosystem and we are basically using local plants to the Sonoran Desert that don't involve much watering, so we can use the water that we do capture from the roof instead of having to irrigate. We were able to pull the shade structure off of the house, which is housing all of our PV panels so it shades the south side of our building sort of like the mesquite tree does. We have made the structure separate from the house. It will make electricity, it will shade.

Our house which will bring down the need for cooling especially in Phoenix. The PV canopy also increases the efficiency of the PV panels by promoting air flow under the PV and removing heat ever more efficient. In most cases most instillation are set at close to the latitude of the location. Ours is set at a shallower angle to promote electricity generation in the summer when it's needed for cooling. Basically trying to trick a stick framed home into acting like a massing house. We've got natural clay on the interior walls which basically keeps.

A relative humidity for a comfort level for the user itself. We have staggered our studs which basically we are able to make our walls a little bit thicker to not get thermal bridging, so we do not have to use as much forced air or as much HVAC and cooling. We have got a series of louvers that are pulled away from the skin on the building which shade and allow the hot air to vent through a cavity before hitting the wall and going on to the inside of the building. One of our most innovative engineering things is our thermal storage.

Unit so we are freezing water to make ice at night and then during the day when its hot out and we don't want to use our compressor or use to much electricity we just melt our ice to cool the house. Our primary cooling and heating system is a radiant system. So instead of blowing a lot of cold air we pump cold water through ceiling and it removes heat. The shade home is designed for an active retired couple through the space's flexibility and providing enough shade on the south side of the home, the users are able to maximize.

Their indoor outdoor living space and enjoy the wonderful weather that phoenix has to offer. We really wanted to highlight multiple functions and adaptability within a smaller home to create a greater efficiency of space and what we are calling effective square footage. This basically allows us to take one large expansive space and allow it to function as 3 separate rooms. The shade home encompasses a lot of local materials and from the very beginning we have been working with our local communities and companies. So that ideology can be taken further into other designs for other local markets. After the competition.

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