For the 2015 Solar Decathlon Building Competition, Cal Poly State University designed and build the INhouse, integrating a few smart passive solar features. Some of the home’s features include: Clerestory windows to allow hot air to leave the building Palm oil, used as a phase change material, in the home’s core as the […]
Inspired by Appalachian living, the PEAK home from West Virginia University has some nice passive solar features.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte built a beautiful concrete and glass high-performing home for this year’s Solar Decathlon.
Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico teamed up to build SHADE, which stands for Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium.
Missouri University of Science and Technology designed a house that can adapt to its changing environment. They received 1st place in Energy Balance, creating more energy than the house used. This house had smart passive solar features…
The combined team of Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology forged DALE, the Dynamic Augmented Living Environment. This team creates ingenious homes that shine in brilliant creativity.
Middlebury College returns to the 2013 Solar Decathlon after participating in the 2011 Solar Decathlon with Self-Reliance.
An older adobe home was transformed to become an efficient, modern house with a south facing sun room and a south facing two-story Trombe wall.
The freedoms of living off-the-grid can be rewarding as well as comfortable. This article focuses on the electrical and active solar systems that augment the efficiency…
This off-grid, owner-designed and built house is one of the most impressive passive and active solar combinations I’ve seen. Located at an elevation of 9,000 feet…