Solar Decathlon (18)-Appalachian State University’s Homestead Design of 2011


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Today, we will be viewing an affordable, sustainable alternative to the traditional design, the Homestead of Appalachian State University. The isolation of the earlier settlers in the mountains of North Carolina fostered the pioneer spirit of independence and integrity in those who established self-sustaining living/working environment.  The Solar Homestead incorporates these values into a modern net zero energy home, integrating renewable resources and innovative technology into a dwelling that is adaptable, self-sufficient, rugged, affordable, and attractive.  The Homestead design contains a high performance home and modular, technologically advanced outbuilding modules (or OMs) inspired by vernacular lean-to-sheds.  As one approaches the house, one sees the unique solar thermal Trombe wall, which uses phase change materials to selectively heat the interior of the home.  A sliding door is used to provide privacy, storm protection, and summer shading.  A Great Porch formed by seven independent outbuilding modules (or OMs) , creating an inviting and functional entry while providing a venue for casual social gatherings. The solar canopy composed of bifacial solar panels provides filtered daylight, solar energy, and shelter from natural elements.  There is a flexible multi-purpose living space where residents can enjoy a cozy seating area, open kitchen, and an eating nook with a window seat. The furniture can be reconfigured to suit multi functions (kitchen can also function as a home theater). The eight- hundred and sixty- four square foot main house is comprised of two bedrooms and one full bath. The internal core of the house contains mechanical space, laundry, and a full bath. The bathroom is also with a novel solar thermal skylight above that provides hot water for the home. The master and guest bedroom contain built-in storage and a private deck. On the great porch, as one moves toward the flex OM, a one-hundred and twenty square foot structure with a full bath. The flex Om can serve multiple purposes: as a home office, a guest suite, or a cabin getaway (this potentially free standing structure is powered independently from the main house). One also finds a fully functional outdoor kitchen at the Homestead.  Now, let’s have a look at this Homestead design–>


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One Response to “Solar Decathlon (18)-Appalachian State University’s Homestead Design of 2011”

  1. czytaj dalej Says:

    Czemu nie dotarłam tutaj wcześniej?! Tyle ciekawych informacji i zdjęć :d teraz muszę wszystko nadrabiać ^^ świetny blog! zajrzyj do mnie:)

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