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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
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LumenHAUS in Washington D.C. by Virginia Tech Solar Team

January 18th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Virginia Tech Solar Team

The house is both a dwelling and an exhibition informing the public about issues of alternative energy and sustainability. It has been exhibited in Washington D.C., Times Square, Madrid, Spain, Millennium Park, and at the Farnsworth House in Plano Ill.

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  • Architects: Virginia Tech Solar Team
  • Project: LumenHAUS
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Owner: School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech
  • Structural Engineer: ARUP
  • Cladding/Material Fabrication: Zahner and Associates, Inc.
  • Control Systems: Siemens
  • Geothermal Materials: Mechanical Equipment Sales
  • Hardware: Hafele America Co.
  • Photovoltaics: Solar Connexions; Baseline Solar; SMB Solar; RTKL
  • Photography: Virginia Tech Solar Team

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This is a grid-tied solar powered house based on the concept of ‘Responsive Architecture’. It adjusts to climactic changes and user requirements through automated systems that optimize energy consumption while offering an architecture of delight.

Image Courtesy Virginia Tech Solar Team

As a net-zero energy house employing active and passive systems, it generates more power than it uses over the course of a year. It achieves its positive energy balance by incorporating a contemporary reinterpretation of the architectural shutter and screen with innovative technology.

Image Courtesy Virginia Tech Solar Team

Built and operated using industrialized processes, the Eclipsis System optimizes energy use, makes building more efficient, and improves the quality of architectural space. The Eclipsis System is made of two exterior layers – laser cut stainless steel shutter screens and aerogel filled polycarbonate insulation panels – both of which integrate the house’s technical and architectural identities. Rich and divergent qualities of light fill the house from sunrise to sunset, and sliding panel systems automatically respond to climactic conditions, providing a full range of protection from the elements and a rich architectural experience.

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