ASU's solar house construction to begin
Appalachian is one of only three U.S. universities selected to participate in the June 2014 competition in Versailles, France.
A collaboration between Appalachian State and the University of Angers (France), Team Reciprocite is currently in the final stages of designing its entry, and will construct the house at the Solar Decathlon Headquarters in Boone.
The competition home will be a two-story, re-imagined row house. Once construction is completed in April, the house will be shipped to the competition site in France.
Team Reciprocite is the most recent endeavor highlighting a 30-year trans-Atlantic relationship between Angers and Appalachian.
More than 500 students from across 26 different disciplines between both universities have been involved in the project so far, with an overall goal of 1,000 students through classes, internships and volunteering.
Maison Reciprocity will utilize several innovative, highly sustainable construction features.
The Integrated Systems CHORD, defined as the Container for High-performance Operation, Recirculation and Distribution, is the unified systems core of Maison Reciprocity, according to an ASU spokesman. The CHORD integrates building systems, including all plumbing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning components as the proverbial heart of the building.
This efficient layout permits a higher control tolerance, allowing for fully optimized systems performance, the spokesman said.
The "living" brise-soleil is a sophisticated, modular building shell that architecturally integrates renewable energy technologies on the exterior of Maison Reciprocity. This system will protect the primary building envelope by acting as a rain and sun screen that reduces thermal gain on the facade. Reduced thermal gain minimizes energy demand and consumption, allowing Maison Reciprocity to regulate the interior environment with maximum efficiency, the spokesman said.
Originating in 2002, the Solar Decathlon competition was created by the U.S. Department of Energy to challenge collegiate teams to design and build a home exclusively powered by solar energy, while utilizing innovative energy technology and sustainable architecture. Solar Decathlon Europe was created in 2010 as its biannual, international counterpart.
For more information on Maison Reciprocity, visit reciprocity2014.com and to learn more about Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 visit solardecathlon2014.fr/en.