Home of the future?
The University of Arizona team made their home a laboratory for cutting edge, green building technology and design. The intent was to show that green homes can be attractive and that the buildings can be mass produced.
The wall on the left, designed by one student for the event, is a "water wall," which aids heating and cooling. The water serves as a thermal mass that can absorb the sun's heat during the day and release it at night. Behind the wall, which is made of plastic, is a layer of air that circulates around the structure's ceiling for cooling. Shades can be hooked up to the building automation system to keep heat from coming in.
October 10, 2009 8:27 AM PDT
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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