Beginning September 13, the team spent a week assembling and preparing the Solar Roofpod for competition.
One of the most crucial aspects of the Solar Decathlon is receiving the chance to educate the public about sustainable homes. Now that the public exhibition for this competition has officially kicked off, we are able to present the Solar Roofpod’s unique residential features. Visitors are learning about technologies that they can incorporate into their own homes, to make sustainable technologies.
The core features a bamboo plywood material that wraps around the entire compact service core. Visitors love the texture and feel of the smooth finish, citing it as “modern” and “New York chic.”
The bathroom also features sustainable technologies: the energy efficient washer and dryer, and recycled glass in the bathroom floor and door, are of interest. The Tesserae ColorMorph product in the bathroom monitors user energy consumption. There is also one located in the kitchen.
The Murphy bed of the bedroom sleekly slides into the core, allowing space maximization and flexibility. The kitchen’s energy efficient appliances integrate effortlessly with the cabinetry, allowing the bamboo to wrap around the core.
Restoration Hardware’s furniture in our living room has also been very popular with the public. The comfort and appearance of the interior décor and furniture complements the well-lit space, and complements the coordinating materials of the bamboo plywood and cork flooring.
These are just a FEW of the many sustainable residential features that one can easily apply to his or her own home. So come to Washington DC, and Team New York will be waiting to show you its home on Lot 403!
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