Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar Decathlon House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

October 10, 2013 by  
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Team Norwich Delta’s Affordable T-90 Home is an Insulated Fortress that Provides Superior Comfort at the Solar Decathlon

October 10, 2013 by  
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The Delta T-90 design is all about providing a sustainable dwelling that provides maximum interior comfort for residents despite extreme temperatures on the exterior, and all at an affordable cost. At the beginning of the creative process, Team Norwich was ever mindful of the housing crisis that many cities are currently facing. Accordingly, the Delta T-90 construction scheme was first and foremost guided by Charles and Ray Eames’ motto, which is to build “the best, for the most, for the least.” The science behind the resilient Delta T-90 design stems from a three-fold objective based on affordability, comfort and energy conservation. The temperatures in Vermont tend to drop radically in the winter months, causing stress to residents and a strain on city-provided energy sources. Therefore, these students focused on a “notion of understated elegance and universally valued architectural maneuvers” to design a home that could guarantee comfortable temperatures inside (70°F) while harsh Vermont winter temps dropped as low as -20°F on the exterior. To achieve a highly insulated home that sees minimal casual energy loss, the Delta T-90 envelope is a veritable fortress. On the outside, the modular, 991 square foot, two-bedroom house pays homage to the historic Vermont farm house in its practicality and simplicity, but comes installed with a sustainable power punch to meet optimal energy efficiency. For energy harvesting, the roof is topped with a flat photovoltaic array , which was intentionally sized to accommodate the heavy snow fall that hits Vermont roughly 120 days every year. For materials, the team looked to use locally-sourced materials such as hemlock from Norwich University’s own Paine Mountain and Northern White Cedar from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The skeleton of the house was built using an inline advanced framing technique that provides a sturdy, insulated structure, which uses a 3/4? air gap for moisture evaporation. Triple pane windows are used throughout for their ability to meet Passive House standards, and – at a total R-value of 11.36 – the Delta T-90 windows were specifically chosen for their ability to minimize energy loss . And it’s not just the materials that went into the window selection, but the placement as well. The 70 square foot window on the southern end of the living area is strategically placed for maximum solar gain during wintertime. It also serves as the home’s main focal point and by letting in direct and ambient light, providing residents with a connection to the surrounding landscape, no matter what the temperatures are on the exterior. Additionally, the Norwich team was of the opinion that many Vermont residents would not be able to afford the maximum price tag alloted to Solar Decathlon entries, who are regulated to a $250,000 construction estimate. Therefore, at a $195,000 base level cost, the Delta T-90 is one of the most affordable houses in the competition this year. However, the design is not only far below maximum price tag set by SD guidelines, but the low price makes its affordable for a typical household making 20% to 30% less than Vermont’s average income level. Inhabitat’s coverage of Solar Decathlon continues this week so make sure to check back to see the winning team of Solar Decathlon 2013! + Team Norwich Delta T-90 Home + Inhabitat Solar Decathlon Coverage Photos © Mike Chino for Inhabitat        

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Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

October 8, 2013 by  
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Amtrak Teams with Google to Create a Real-Time Train Locator Map

October 8, 2013 by  
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Google Maps recently launched a new interactive tool that allows Amtrak’s 31 million passengers to easily track the exact location of and arrival times for the rail service’s trains. The new locator map will track more than 300 daily trains en route to more than 500 destinations across the country. Checking train status is the second most-used function on Amtrak.com, behind buying tickets, so this infrastructure upgrade should be extremely useful to rail riders. Read the rest of Amtrak Teams with Google to Create a Real-Time Train Locator Map Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amtrak , cloud , Google , Google maps , gps , passenger rail , rail , real-time location , train , train tracking map        

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Architect Designs a Soccer Ball-Shaped House for Famous Footballer Lionel Messi

October 8, 2013 by  
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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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HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

July 17, 2013 by  
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West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

July 3, 2013 by  
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Australian Researchers Develop the World’s First Malaria Vaccine

July 3, 2013 by  
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About half the world’s population is at risk of catching malaria, and just in 2010 alone around 660,000 people died from the disease. But imagine if the scourge could be eliminated? Researchers in Australia have opened up the possibility with the development of the world’s first <a href=" “>malaria vaccine. As it reaches the first stage of human trial, hopes are high that people around the world might no longer have to live in fear of the hum of a mosquito. Read the rest of Australian Researchers Develop the World’s First Malaria Vaccine Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: disease control , Griffith University Institute for Glycomics , malaria , malaria prevention , malaria research , Malaria Vaccine , malaria vaccine developed by Griffith University Institute for Glycomics , malaria vaccine developed by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research , Malaria Vaccine Ready for Human Trials , Professor Michael Good , Queensland Institute of Medical Research , WHO , World Health Organization        

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