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Large decks studded with specially selected plants and pools surround the home and serve as bio-filters to cleanse rainwater. “These features showcase the coexistence of natural and man-made sustainable systems,” the team writes, noting that their hydroponic garden adjacent to the kitchen provides edible greens and herbs.


The perFORM[D]ance House is not for everyone. It scored 15th in affordability, with estimated construction costs of $368.000, including base home and all of its exterior decks, ponds and landscaping. GB


 


MARKET STRATEGY
Designed as a fully accessible building, the design is targeted to an empty-nester couple downsizing to a home that will suit their needs into retirement.


Seen from a closer angle. the core is like a Rubik’s Cube, with kitchen and home entertainment compartments on each face.


 


DIGITAL ASSETS
> Project Manual www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2011/pdfs/fiu_manual.pdf
> Construction Drawings www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2011/pdfs/fiu_cd.pdf
> Menu and Recipes www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2011/pdfs/fiu_menu.pdf


VIDEO LINKS
> Video Walkthrough: www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2011/media/video_walkthroughs/appst_video_walkthrough.zip >
Team Website video Walkthrough: http://solardecathlon.fiu.edu/home/house/
> Architecture Presentation www.solardecathlon.gov/videos_team_architecture.html#fiu
> Engineering Presentation www.solardecathlon.gov/videos_team_engineering.html#fiu >
Sales Presentation www.solardecathlon.gov/videos_team_sales.html#fiu


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