Solar Decathlon (3)-Florida International University’s PerFORMDanceHouse of 2011

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Dear Readers,

An excellent question from some of you and here is what I found out about how Solar Decathlon is judged, based on 10 contests, each is worth 100 points, they are: Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Affordability, Comfort Zone, Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment, and Energy Balance.

As I’ve previously promised you, in this episode, I will be taking you through a tour of one of the teams from my home state of Florida, the PerFORMDance House of Florida International University.  PerFORMDance House is a design of harmonious coexistence   between its users and nature by generating its energy use completely from the sun while addressing  the need of its South Florida climate of high humidity, high temperature, and high hurricane risk. Some of its innovative strategies in producing electricity to cool/heat interior space are: ductless heating/cooling system, solar thermotube sensitive moderate system, highly efficient lighting and appliance system.  Its high LEED may potentially propel the house for a LEED platinum rating. Other interior features also include: insulated folding glass doors and screens protecting users from humidity and insects while allowing natural light and air into the space;retractable louvre panels shading the perimeter of the house, guarding against direct sunlight and reducing the cooling cost;cabinets made from long lasting American hardwood  for its low carbon footprint;floor made from recycled VOC free wood with zero formaldehyde glues. The interior of the PerFORMDance House is designed around a central core that maximizes energy efficiency, optimizes free space, allows variation of use, provides maximum accessibility and ample storage space for its users.  The exterior contains a spacious bamboo deck, a water feature for its gray water biofiltration, planters filled with many species of low maintenance South Florida plants, and an edible garden that provides healthy diet and lower grocery bills. One can see that the design of PerFORMDance House is: functional, accessible, adaptable, and sustainable.  How about a tour of the PerFORMDance House now–>the clip of Florida International University’s PerFORMDance House of Solar Decathlon 2011 awaits you——>

written and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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