This is a Gallery of 10 Green Houses designed for Solar Decathlon. With “green” is the buzzword of nature lovers in the modern world, green houses is attracting much attention. Being green in all aspects of life is the best thing you can do to express their love for the planet we live. Environmentally sustainable homes and can go a long way in making our planet habitable for future generations.
Solar Decathlon is an award winning program conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The program challenges college teams to design, build and operate solar power houses. These environmentally friendly homes should be cost effective, energy efficient and visually appealing as well.
Solar Decathlon 2011 will be held at the Mall West Potomac National Park in Washington, DC, from September 23 to October 2, 2011. According to U.S. siteDepartment of Energy, 20 college teams compete in Solar Decathlon 2011. Here are the 10 green homes designed by different teams.
1. Solar Homestead By Appalachian State University
The entrance to the Appalachian State University called Homestead Solar, which is several buildings designed to work together as a self-sufficient. The design is inspired by traditional Appalachian colonies. The house is equipped with forty-two bifacial photovoltaic panels for energy supply and demand have a system in thermal solar hot water. A Trombe wall element filled with phase change material is another integrated home energy efficient.
2. The perFORM[D]ance House by Florida International University
Florida International University in the United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 entry is entitled “perform [D] House tion. ‘Open pavilion design responds to its environment, its inhabitants, and its use. External connectivity is provided inside by a rolling landscape and shaped front. With the versatile interior space utilization operating side panels can be extended.
Energy efficiency measures include passive design strategies, the system ductless air conditioning, a weather station, monitoring capabilities and a white exterior reflecting lower demand for cooling.
3. Urbana-Champaign Re_home By University of Illinois
Designed as a quick fix answer for a family affected by a natural disaster, Re_home by the University of Illinois, has two components that can be transported on a trailer as a rapid response to disaster areas. A pump air heat source located are fans of the packaging system that the exchange within and outside air are some of the unique integrated technology for the home.
4. Self-Reliance by Middlebury College
Self-confidence is one of two bedrooms, mega-efficient home covering 990 meters square. Middlebury College has built a green wall of plants growing, open living space of the family, and healthy building materials in the design of the house. The gable roof is equipped with a photovoltaic generator of 7.2 kW. A heat exchanger air-air, triple glazing with insulated frames and cork ventilation stack effect are other unique features.
5. ‘encore’ By Ohio State University
However, Ohio State University was created as a solution for residential families along to assist the world’s energy problems mounting. Living areas are placed around a central core that houses the plumbing and mechanical structures.Modern triple glazed windows, super insulated outer layer and natural light are unique features of the house.
6. The INhome by Purdue University
Specifically designed to provide a realistic and balanced for ultra-efficient housing, entry called InHome Purdue University is an innovative and practical.Midwest Home Inspiration is designed to be dependent on passive design.
The house has BioWall basting with plants arranged vertically, the interior trim environment, a process of several air purification, a heat pump air-air heat pump hot water heater, and a carefully placed duct system.
7. E-Cube By Team Belgium
E-Cube entered Belgian team for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. The house is unique in its structure and the facade exposed naked inside.The ultra-efficient house is stripped of its essential components and is presented as a construction kit at affordable prices.
A system of pallets in a standard rack, a plug-and-play wiring system and the front of a panel made of fiber-cement are some features of energy efficiency.
8. FLeX House by Team Florida
Florida team composed of the University of South Florida, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, University of Florida presented FLEX House. This prototype hybrid design of residential buildings open and closed single combined with modern technology.
This home features a durable mini-split zoned, a liquid desiccant system leads to a solar battery 22 and control panel systems and diagnostic software.
9. ENJOY House By Team New Jersey
Team New Jersey include Rutgers – State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology. ENJOY House is a high performance, energy efficient design of housing. Sport roof of the house upside down to promote hip optimal solar energy and rainwater harvesting.
Evacuated tube solar thermal, high performance windows with fiberglass frame, 9-kilowatt photovoltaic system to meet daily energy requirements and energy recovery ventilators and dehumidifiers are some of the technological features incorporated into the house.
10. Living Light By The University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee characteristic forms of the Light of Life and spaces inspired by the boards of barns in the southern Appalachians. The dynamic facade and roof-integrated series are designed to be adaptable to different climates and applications. The solar-powered house is equipped with a dynamic double façade system, automatic sensors to manage the electrical lighting, home automation system, a unique system designed to provide lighting and shading blind years, and an energy recovery ventilator to name a few.
The University team that built a house in a unique way by the combination of affordability, customer demand and design excellence without losing sight of the highest possible level of energy production and greater efficiency will be announced as the winner.