Virginia Techs smart solar powered house
Virginia Techs zero-energy smart house will be a part of this year Solar Decathlon and will be featured in Times Square for some time. Lumenhaus is an 800-square-foot, 1-bedroom residence with open spaces to allow the free flow of sunlight and air. Unlike most energy conscious houses that have closed structures to not allow the passage of heat, this house is a tad different. The fully automated Eclipsis System, that includes independent sliding layers, permits a revolutionary design in a solar-powered house, while filtering light in flowing patterns throughout the day. The home’s smart system gathers information from its rooftop weather station to automatically control the rooftop solar system, heating and cooling and lighting. The home also includes several other green features such as gray water harvesting, rainwater collection, LED lighting and use of sustainable materials.