Solar Decathlon (13)-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s ReHome of 2011


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As we approach another MidWestern state of Solar Decathlon of 2011, the state of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Re_home design offers a better, more sustainable solution to the problem of Illinois’ natural disasters (averaging 8 tornadoes per year), through a rapid deployment strategy.  UIUC’s Re_home drew from inspiration of Midwestern prairie style aesthetics, incorporating the modern warm and inviting materials and finishes.  The canopy frames the front door, creating a covered portal to the home’s formal entrance. The master bedroom is located away from the public spaces, so to provide privacy and relaxation for the residents. A second bedroom is designed as a flexible space that may be used as a bedroom, office, or extra living space.  The main living space has a large and open plan intended for flexibility and reinforcement of the concept of community interaction.  The design of the kitchen maintains a visual connection with the home’s main living space.  As we move outdoors, the extensive deck space around the home serves as an extension of the main living spaces and invites community interaction.  Overhead shading devices aid in regulating temperature of some outdoor spaces throughout the day.  Solar arrays on the roof of the home provide a renewable year round power source. Preinstalled prior to shipping, the panels fold flat against the roof for easy transport.  These panels are raised to their optimal angle upon their arrival on-site, allowing the array to become operational and begin generating power. Combining innovative technology and  smart design, the Re_home provides a sustainable and rapidly- deployable solution to the immediate and evolving needs of families in the aftermath of a natural disaster and serves as a vehicle for recovery and renewal efforts of the community.  Here is Re_home design of University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign–>

written and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker



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