Solar Decathlon (6)-Team New York:The City College of New York’s Solar Roofpod


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As we draw our attention toward Solar Decathlon’s urban design, we can see that Team New York (composed of a group of architecture and engineering students and faculty of City College of New York)’s Solar Roofpod, making use of the underutilized urban rooftops to benefit the host building below by either delivering the excess energy it generates to the host building or by lowering the temperature of the roof on sunny days.  The Solar Roofpod is designed in three easily installed components: the Dunnage Garden, the Envelope, and the Trellis. The Roofpod design also collects and reuses rainwater to irrigate the plants. The Envelope portion of the design consists of sixteen modular framing blocks  allowing users some flexibility and creativity with the design.  The Cladding system of the Solar Roofpod utilizes several smart technology glazing systems, in addition to offering options such as redirecting glass, shaded glass, ventilated windows, and bird proof technology in providing a sustainable future for the city of New York. The Core is a compact unit that houses the living room, the kitchen, the bathroom, mechancial and bedroom space;it opens up and closes depending on  its timely needed function.  The Trellis contains the solar panels and thermal tubes mounted on top of the house. By using the micro-inverters, Team New York will be able to maximize the accessible/available energy for the house during time when solar energy is not as readily available or when solar panel(s) may be malfunctioning.  Instead of having the typical PV panels generating electricity and using this generated electricity to run the heating and cooling system of the house, Roofpod  uses hot water to run their system, therefore reducing the carbon foot print of their system/design.  I take my hat off to this group  of people who are making good use the urban reality of the 1.6 billion sq. ft. of  rooftop space. Now let’s take a look at the design of Team New York’s (of New York City College) Solar Roofpod—>


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