Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

October 4, 2013 by  
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The Solar Decathlon 2013 competition officially kicked off 3 October, 2013; to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony, groups of officials and decathletes gathered to take a much deserved break from all the hard work they’ve put in over the last few weeks. True to form, every year there seems to be a handful of designs that quickly emerge as strong contenders. In fact, since construction was completed on their solar home, the Austrian Team’s LISI House has raised more than a few admiring eco-observing eyebrows. The LISI Home (Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation) is a modular timber construction with a flexible layout that permits residents to fully take advantage of the building’s living space found on the interior as well as the exterior. The design itself is made up of three zones: the service core, the interior living area and two adjoining patios. The end result is a solar home that strikes a unique balance of cool modernity and inviting appeal. The primary objectives of the LISI “living cocoon” design are climate regulation and high utility of liveable space. With one central living area that can be extended to the two adjacent patios to the north and south, the LISI design offers optimal communal space as well as ventilation and light control. A ramp leads into the main interior space where a moveable shade curtain envelopes the entire structure, adding a breezy Mediterranean feel. In addition to LISI’s various architectural layers, the shade from the curtain helps to optimize interior temperatures, providing shade on hot summer days and subsequently reducing cooling loads. Along with the interior living areas, the two open patios add a major component to the quality of life integral to the LISI design itself. By subtly blending nature into the daily living areas, residents can fully embrace the surrounding natural environment in their day-to-day life. Multiple garden space and a vertical garden are installed on the patios, which allow residents to grow their own fruits and vegetables. The plants also serve as a natural filtration system, providing a healthy atmosphere for families and visitors. The modular LISI home is entirely constructed and insulated with wood. The decision to work with wood was based on its multiple eco-positive characteristics. Since wood is a carbon-neutral material and a 100% natural product, it’s ideal as a building material in terms of construction, maintenance and transport. Additionally, choosing to work with wood meant the team could utilize the entire product in many forms giving the design aesthetic a cohesive feel throughout. In fact, every part of the tree was used, from the roots and leaves used in the LISI foundation, curtain and cornice materials to the trunk itself, used in the core construction of the ceiling, floors and walls. The chairs and most of the furniture are made from molded wood chips. The wood’s cohesive natural presence, along with the open concept and natural light, also has a positive effect on the residential atmosphere, adding to the house’s many natural health benefits. In terms of energy savings, LISI is a “plus-energy” construction, generating more than enough electricity for daily energy needs. A mounted PC array is installed on top of the roof, which is comprised of four ceiling modules. In collaboration with the intelligent energy-saving floor plan, interior temperatures are also controlled by an ERV unit, a heat and humidity exchanger. Water waste is limited in a number of ways, most notably through an innovative shower tray that captures thermal energy from daily drain water. From the looks of this year’s Solar Decathon entries, SD 2013 is shaping up to be a fierce contest. But we definitely think that Team Austria’s house will be a top contender in terms of health, comfort and environmental features. + Team Austria for Solar Decathlon + Inhabitat Solar Decathlon Coverage        

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Allan Savory Explains How Livestock Can Help Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change in this Riveting TED Talk

October 4, 2013 by  
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We know now that an excess of 350 parts per billion (ppb) of CO2 in the atmosphere will cause increasingly catastrophic weather events in the future. We are now at almost 400 ppb. There is a very small window of opportunity—about 3 to 5 years—to bring that level back to 350 ppb. What if there existed a concept, new to popular thinking, but tested over a period of fifty years and proven successful, that would solve the problem of CO2 sequestration , reverse desertification, and provide as a side benefit many other social and economic improvements? Watch this riveting TED Talk  featuring biologist and environmentalist Allan Savory , who explains how herding livestock can help save our lands. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: allan savory , Climate Change , desertification , earth’s destruction , earth’s doom , fighting climate change , global warming , reversing climate change , stopping desertification        

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Team Czech Republic’s AIR Solar Decathlon House is Wrapped in an Elegant Wood Slat Skin

October 4, 2013 by  
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In San Jose, Purchase a Net Zero Home and Get a Free Tesla

June 26, 2013 by  
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If the American Dream is to own your own home with a car in the driveway, then a real estate agent in San Jose has quite possibly created the American Fantasy. Anyone willing to put down $1.35 million for a home in the Willow Glen neighborhood will also receive a Tesla Model S sedan . The listing agent has drawn a lot of attention to the four bedroom, three bathroom house with the promise of the electric vehicle, and to top it all off, the home was given a green makeover in February by SIDCO Home s (Sustainable Innovative Design & Construction). Read the rest of In San Jose, Purchase a Net Zero Home and Get a Free Tesla Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , electric sedan , energy star appliances , kgo-tv , mohan mahal , morris williams realty , net zero home , san jose , sidco homes , tesla model-s , willow glen        

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Mo Ventus is a Futuristic Net-Zero Home With a Retractable Skin

April 17, 2013 by  
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Simpatico Prototype is a Net-Zero Prefab Home in Emeryville, CA

December 27, 2012 by  
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6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

September 15, 2012 by  
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Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

August 12, 2011 by  
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Armadillo Box Solar-Powered Prefab Gears up For Solar Decathlon

June 7, 2010 by  
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Madrid is heating up as university teams from around the world battle their wits against the sun to build net-zero, sustainable homes in this year’s European Solar Decathlon . One of our favorite designs so far is the Armadillo Box by students at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble (ENSAG) . Inspired by the armored creature’s ability to adapt to hot environments, this stunning prefab home features solar panels, a rainwater recycling system, and an ultra-efficient core all wrapped within an insulating shell

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Zero Energy Casita in Texas Opens to the Public Today!

June 4, 2010 by  
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Green building is making big strides in Texas as evidenced by this cute little zero-energy home in Fort Worth, which opens for public tours today. The Zero Energy Casita , erected by the award winning green builder, Don Ferrier , is a two bedroom, 1,051 square foot home packed with sustainable features. A residential wind turbine supplies power for the energy efficient home built from reclaimed materials.

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