Solar Decathlon 2015

October 18, 2015 – Congratulations to Team Orange County for “Casa del Sol”, their masterpiece of sustainable design for the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon 2015, celebrated at the Irvine Great Park in October.  This award-winning competition challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered dwellings. Willis Fisher, Architect at tBP/Architecture, enjoyed swinging a hammer on the construction site with Team OC’s students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. Over one hundred students labored for two years to create Casa del Sol, an innovative, zero-net energy home that draws inspiration from the California Poppy. The ‘disruptive innovation’ of the design pushes the limits of energy efficiency with smart-grid readiness, an evaporative chiller and solar thermal heat pump. A passive solar system uses the strategies of biomimicry, brise soleil and adaptable floor planning to embrace the sun and prevailing winds. Drought resilient landscaping and the edible garden beautify as they sustain. The indoor-outdoor layout inspires live-work and multi-generational lifestyles. The students explored principles of science, economics, social markets, as well as mastery of construction and trade skills in order to “Make a Sustainable Future Feel Like Home.”

Audio Visual Presentation: Casa Del Sol
Additional Information and Results:  U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

(Photo: Yeo Gee Saun)Casa-Del-Sol-Exterior-original-ImageWebsite

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