Solar SILO home uses light to feel much larger than its actual size

October 9, 2017 by  
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Daylight, fresh air, and greenery fill this self-sufficient solar home that feels much larger than its actual size. Students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology designed this net-zero dwelling, named SILO, short for ‘Smart Innovative Living Oasis.’ Inspired by farmhouse architecture, SILO blends a rustic aesthetic with cutting-edge technology to create a homey and completely automated dwelling that ensures stress-free comfort year-round. Home automation is at the heart of SILO. From the HVAC system to lighting, these engineered systems work in tandem to create a comfortable and energy-efficient living space. An energy monitoring system sends feedback to the central control system to improve efficiency and includes the ability to sell excess energy generated by the 8.5-kW rooftop solar array back to the grid. The homeowner can also control all of the home’s systems manually via smartphone or voice commands. Related: The Nest home is a solar-powered prefab made from recycled shipping containers SILO features a flexible open-floor plan that emphasizes views of the outdoors and access to natural light. The light-filled home feels much larger than its actual size thanks to a high-ceiling living area and glazing that wraps both ends of the home. A graywater system feeds into a beautiful water wall, while treated water is reused for irrigation of non-edible landscaping such as the movable green wall. A clay plaster made partly with recycled materials was used as wall paint and boasts air-purifying and humidity-regulating benefits. SILO was designed and built for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 and will return to Missouri to be part of the university’s eco-village after the competition. + Solar Decathlon Images by Mike Chino

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“The New Joneses” get ready to live it up in a cutting-edge EcoLiv solar home

January 22, 2016 by  
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Hurricane-resistant SURE HOUSE wins the 2015 Solar Decathlon

October 17, 2015 by  
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BREAKING NEWS: Team Austria’s LISI House Named Overall Winner of the 2013 Solar Decathlon!

October 12, 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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Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

October 10, 2013 by  
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Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

September 12, 2013 by  
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Solar Chameleon House Transforms to Meet the Needs of Its Occupants

September 12, 2013 by  
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Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficicient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Traditions

July 24, 2013 by  
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Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

July 16, 2013 by  
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