Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunshine Bamboo Inn

A team of Chinese students from Tongji university has designed and built the Sunshine Inn (aka uber cool bamboo house) as an official entry into the first European Solar Decathlon in Madrid, Spain. Of course it is made of bamboo; however, the reduced carbon dioxide levels throughout the whole production phase. The raw material is also locally cultivated and has a very short and efficient renewable cycle of 5 years.

The house also features two curved roofs and a solar-facing wall which are covered top to bottom with PV panels that can generate enough energy to sustain the house, and potentially sell back to the grid. Another highlight is the innovative interior wall covering, which utilizes phase change materials (such as those used in heat packs) to heat and cool the house.

Source: Design Boom

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