Lumenhaus, the solar powered home, featured at the 2010 Solar Decathlon Design Competition
This year’s 2010 Solar Decathlon Design Competition had 17 solar powered homes competing, brick to brick, to be the greenest of them all. The competition sure has the world understanding the need to juice the sun for a better future. The competition had over a thousand students competing to come up with the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar powered home. Though, one outshone all, the solar-juice drinking Lumenhaus. This solar powered home is spacious, spanning 800 square feet. Ranked 4th in the competition’s architecture category, the Lumenhaus designed by Virginia Tech is named for its “power of light” elements.
Glass walls enable maximum exposure to daylight, and the home is inspired by Mies Van Der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. The Lumenhaus incorporates the use of the Eclipse System, using highly insulated translucent panels that filter the light using independent sliding layers. The solar panels quickly adapt to changes in the sun’s positioning for an increased output. Three cheers for this green solar powered home!