Ben Welter - Wednesday, June 10, 2015
California Polytechnic's entry in Solar Decathlon 2015 features an open design that takes advantage of the mild climate on the Pacific Coast. Team member Lisa-Marie Mueller describes INhouse as a "coastal home that is true to that climate and the very unique indoor-outdoor living that we have here year-round."
The house, now under construction in San Luis Obispo, uses a variety of energy- and space-saving techniques:
• A 15-foot glass wall separating the living room and deck can be folded back to create an indoor-outdoor living space.
• Two-sided photovoltaic panels serve as an awning above the deck, providing shade and capturing 30 percent more energy than a single layer of PV.
• Biobased phase change material is used in the home's ductwork to reduce heating and cooling costs.
The Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, will take place Oct. 8-18 in Irvine, Calif. Entries will be judged on energy efficiency, design, affordability and consumer appeal.