Stories tagged housing

Jun
27
2010

Light enhances mood and well-being

Farnsworth House: Built in 1951 near Chicago by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a one room retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Purchased in 2003 for a reported $7.5 million, it is now operated as a house museum. The house is listed in the National Register and is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.
Farnsworth House: Built in 1951 near Chicago by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a one room retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Purchased in 2003 for a reported $7.5 million, it is now operated as a house museum. The house is listed in the National Register and is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.Courtesy Jack E Boucher
LUMEN means “the power of light". HAUS is a reference to the Bauhaus movement and architect Mies Van Der Rohe's Farnsworth House. Like the Farnsworth House, Lumenhaus can open up to maximize its occupants’ exposure to natural daylight.

Lumenhaus could win the Solar Decathlon Europe competition

Lumenhaus, designed by Virginia Tech, has a good chance of winning the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition which ends today.

Virginia Tech had a commanding 35-point lead at Solar Decathlon Europe earlier this week, but the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim has cut that lead to only six points now. ...everything the teams do—from hot water draws to cooking to washing to cooling their houses—really makes a difference. Every point counts. SolarDecathlon.gov blog

There is an app for that

Lumenhaus is a zero-energy home that is completely powered by the sun. Using technology, Lumenhaus' automated systems make the owner’s life simpler, more energy efficient and less expensive. An iPhone app allows its users to monitor everything real time and to even override controls. I would really like to live in a house like this.

Watch this Lumenhaus Youtube video

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Learn more about Lumenhaus

  • Lumenhaus website
  • Inhabitat.com coverage of Lumenhaus
  • Jun
    13
    2010

    Another Solar Decathlon competition is happening, this time in Europe. The Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 is a competition between 20 college and university student teams to design and build the best solar home. The houses must use readily available products and be easy to transport and assemble.

    I would really enjoy designing and living in such a house of my own. Watching teams of experts compete to design innovative, efficient, and sustainable housing is a great place to get ideas.

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    Picking the winner

    SDEurope.org has a 17 page PDF download which explains how a maximum 1000 points can be earned in the 10 categories.

    On the one hand, the competition will include objective methods for scoring, which will include measurable parameters such as the actual energy consumption of the houses, the capacity for solar energy capture, etc., as well as tasks performed by decathletes which reproduce domestic activities.
    In addition, a number of evaluations will be made by a panel of jurors with proven experience who will judge qualities such as: architecture, innovation, sustainability, solar systems, communication and industrialization level.
    The final score given to each team will be made up of a balanced combination of both objective and subjective assessments.

    Related Solar Decathlon Buzz links

    Mar
    12
    2010

    Science Friday logo
    Science Friday logo
    Courtesy Science Friday
    It's Friday, so it's time for a new Science Friday video. This week,

    "What is the future of sustainable architecture? Washington University's Tyson Living Learning Center in Eureka, MO, achieves the Living Building Challenge--a set of green guidelines that measure a building based on its performance. The building's architect Dan Hellmuth, of Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects in St. Louis, and Kevin Smith, associate director of Tyson Research Center, point out some of the Center's greenest features."
    Jan
    17
    2010

    Earthquake and hurricane proof

    Haiti housing resource
    Haiti housing resourceCourtesy jasonpearce
    Housing for Haitians may already be on hand. Sturdy, earthquake and hurricane proof, shipping containers often sit empty in port yards because exporting empty containers is not cost effective.

    Pernille Christensen, at Clemson’s School of Architecture, along with Martha Skinner and Doug Hecker, have been working to develop a method to convert the shipping containers into homes.

    “Because of the shipping container’s ‘unibody’ construction they are also very good in seismic zones and exceed structural code in the United States and any country in the world,” associate professor Hecker said.

    “You get people back in their communities and it strengthens those communities,” Christensen said. “They work on their home, not a temporary shelter, and then they work with their neighbors to rebuild the neighborhood. It leads to a healthier and safer community. And these are places often in dire need of better housing.”

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    Learn more about shipping container housing

    Jun
    07
    2009

    Nano housing
    Nano housingCourtesy chappie

    First a $2000 car, next $7,800 housing

    TATA, the manufacturing company that is selling the world's cheapest car, is now planning to provide thousands of affordable housing units for people living in India. While not affordable to India's poor or even lower middle class, these apartment units are within reach by India's middle class who make between six and ten thousand dollars a year.

    Only 218 sq. ft.

    The living units are tiny but built within living communities that include its own garden, post office, meeting hall, schools, and hospital. The smallest units will be 218 square feet. The largest units would be about 373 square feet. Click this link to see floor plans.

    An integrated township ecosystem

    TATA Housing Development Company Ltd. is engineering a community and neighborhood concept with its first development near Mumbai named Shubh Griha. Their website proudly lists components included within Shubh Griha complex:

    • Community spaces for socio-religious gatherings
    • Rain Water Harvesting
    • Balanced mix of buildings and open spaces – best quality lighting & ventilation for all apartments
    • Large vegetated area to ensure fresh environment for living
    • Vermiculture – to make eco-friendly natural fertilizer
    • Neighborhood Retail spaces, specified Hawkers zones
    • Recreational facilities

    Click this link for more news about TATA's housing

    Source: Business Week

    Oct
    20
    2007

    Solar home design competition

    Solar Decathlon: The public flocked to see 20 solar powered homes on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Kaye Evans-Lutterodt/Solar Decathlon)
    Solar Decathlon: The public flocked to see 20 solar powered homes on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Kaye Evans-Lutterodt/Solar Decathlon)
    The Solar Decathlon is a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The event took place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., October 12 - 20.

    To compete, the teams must design and build energy-efficient homes that are powered exclusively by the sun. The homes must be attractive and easy to live in. They must maintain a comfortable temperature, provide attractive and adequate lighting, power household appliances for cooking and cleaning, power home electronics, and provide hot water. These houses must also power an electric vehicle to meet household transportation needs.

    The Solar Decathlon is 10 contests in one

    Ten separate contests were scored, then added together to determine the winner of the Solar Decathlon. Each division below is linked to webpage for more information.

    Winner: Technische Universitat Darmstadt

    This team from Germany came to the Solar Decathlon hoping to have an impact on people, and it's safe to say that this happened. Darmstadt won the Architecture, Lighting, and Engineering contests. The Architecture Jury said the house pushed the envelope on all levels and is the type of house they came to the Decathlon hoping to see. The Lighting Jury loved the way this house glows at night. The Engineering Jury gave this team an innovation score that was as high as you could go, and said nobody did the integration of the PV system any better. Darmstadt was one of seven teams to score a perfect 100 points in the Energy Balance contest. All week, long lines of people waited to get into this house.solardecathlon.org

    Learn more about the 2007 Solar Decathlon

    Jun
    13
    2007

    A British design firm, Sheppard Robson, has unveiled a plan for a new house that produces zero emissions, making it carbon neutral. Their home is the first design to meet the highest level of energy efficiency set by the UK government for some new laws that go into effect in 2016.

    The Science Museum of Minnesota has its own Zero Emissions Building right here by the Mississippi River, Science House. Next time your in our Big Backyard, make sure the check it out.