Austin, TX (PRWEB) October 01, 2012
The Living Light house, the University of Tennessee’s entry to the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, sponsored in part by Steelform USA, Steelform Building Products, is being honored by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
“We provided the floor joists, roof trusses for reduced sound and wall studs for thermal performance of the Delta stud," says Rick Godwin, principal of Steelform USA.
Other sponsors included with Blaine Construction, Tennessee Valley Authority and Oak Ridge National Labs.
Living Light competed with collegiate teams from around the world. The house earned commendable marks in several decathlon events, including tying for first place in the energy balance contest, claiming third in both engineering and the use of energy-efficient appliances, and fifth place in architecture.
It finished eighth overall. Plus, it was the only house invited back to the Smithsonian to be showcased at the Folk Festival and to be invited to become a permanent Smithsonian exhibit after its national tour.
"The house is now a traveling teaching exhibition that showcases how innovative design and solar technology can maximize energy efficiency and sustainability," notes Mel Mingle, PE of Steelform USA Building Products.
"While the competition has Zero Energy use as its criteria, Living Light house exceeded the world wide performance bar. We produced more energy than the house needed so we loaned the excess back to the grid. This breaks the cloudy day dilemma faced by previous generations of solar homes. Plus it made its own water and handled its own waste,” continues Mel Mingle.
University of Tennessee site describes the project:
"The 750-square-foot house draws inspiration from Appalachia’s traditional cantilever barns—from its overhang to the two wooden support cores. Yet, its design is undeniably modern, integrating cutting-edge technologies that enable the zero-energy home to produce more power than it consumes.
Living Light is distinguished by its groundbreaking use of glass. Most zero- energy homes are built with thick walls and few windows. The double façade window system acts as a heating and cooling mechanism in the house. It also transforms its interiors into an inviting, naturally lit space. The house is now a traveling teaching exhibition that showcases how innovative design and solar technology can maximize energy efficiency and sustainability."
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