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MARKET STRATEGY
Although a kiwi bach (pronounced batch), vacation home inspired First Light, it is designed to be a permanent residence. For those of us in the U.S., it’s what you might call a downsizing design for an empty-nester couple. The home’s center features a huge skylight and is bracketed with window/door walls that blur indoors from out. The zoned house provides flexibility to accommodate family and friends. There is plenty of room for sleeping and entertaining.


 


Six quick-assembly modules comprise the main structure of First Light. Natural light pours from a large, triple-paned skylight that makes up most of a middle module; shades are ready when needed. At night, LED lighting very effectively illuminates the home.


A cedar canopy shades the water-proof membrane roofing and windows, supports the PV panels, and allows air-circulation around the panels to keep them cool; cool panels run more efficiently. Fiber-reinforced concrete is dense, but lighter than traditional concrete and resistant to cracking. As evidence, the concrete slab floors traveled from New Zealand without cracking. They were essential to the plan, designed to provide thermal mass to collect and re-radiate heat in cool weather. GB


 


The owners will have a private bedroom. The kitchen tucks into a corner of the floorplan. Note storage at the end of the huge dining table.


 
DIGITAL ASSETS
> Project Manual www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2011/pdfs/nz_manual.pdf
> Construction Drawings www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2011/pdfs/nz_cd.pdf
> Menu and Recipes www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2011/pdfs/nz_menu.pdf


Video Links
> Video Walkthrough www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6-p4znRU6fY
> Architecture Presentation www.solardecathlon.gov/videos_team_architecture.html#nz
> Engineering Presentation www.solardecathlon.gov/videos_team_engineering.html#nz
> Sales Presentation www.solardecathlon.gov/videos_team_sales.html#nz


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