Solar Decathlon (12)-Purdue University’s INhome Design of 2011


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As we direct our attention to MidWest portion of the Solar Decathlon 2011, Purdue University’s INhome design presents us with the blend of versatility, comfort, and innovation. The INhome harnesses the sun’s energy to generate electricity from an array of 8.5 kilowatt of  PV, enabling the house to be net zero. It also utilizes passive shading technique to optimize house performance. For example, the South facing windows allow sunlight to enter the house during winter and the roof overhang provides the shade during summer.  Inside the house, some special features are: the open floor plan (between living room, dining room, and family room) allows for ease of communication; vaulted ceiling enhances elegance and daytime lighting of the house from the windows (which also provides natural ventilation when outdoor weather condition permits open windows); the living/bio wall that is integrated with HVAC system to filter out contaminants in the air;centrally and conveniently located bathroom;fully equipped with cost effective and energy efficient appliances, kitchen is open and easily accessible for free flow of communication. The attached garage completes the MidWestern home owners’ need in dealing with extreme weather conditions in winter months.  Let’s have a  look at this design of comfort, versatility, and innovation—>

written and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker,


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One Response to “Solar Decathlon (12)-Purdue University’s INhome Design of 2011”

  1. Metal Roofer Says:

    I like this post. Keep it coming.

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