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SOLAR DECATHLON V
perFORM[D]ance House 03
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Open to breezes—yet capable of going into storm lockdown mode— this home has some great features for coastal living.


Mythical witch Baba Yaga’s tiny magic house could close itself up into an impregnable stronghold. FIU’s perFORM[D]ance House offers deep shading canopies, perfect for Miami’s hot humid climate, that emulate BabaYaga’s home by transforming into protective shutters.


The louvered steel canopies slide down like garage doors. Team member Anthony Madonna says the system uses off-the-shelf parts. including louver blades and frame. Florida International University is seeking partners to mass produce and commercialize the design, which would provide shade and protection in any high wind area.


 


Unusual hanging doors act as some of the louvered panels shading perFORM[D]ance. Designed to be hurricane-ready and efficient, the shades roll down to become storm shutters at the flip of a switch.


TEAM: Forty students and faculty, including: Professor Marilys Nepomechie, Project Director, Architecture; Andrew Madonna, Student Project Manager. Web link for team: http://solardecathlon.fiu.edu/team/

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