8 Homes That Are 100% Powered By The Sun
Categories: Homes / Dwellings
SURE HOUSE by Stevens Institute of Technology
After Hurricane Sandy devastated the eastern seaboard in 2012, coast-loving homeowners began clamoring for better resilient architecture. Students at Stevens Institute of Technology are rising to that demand with SURE HOUSE, a solar-powered home specifically created for the coastal areas of New York and New Jersey. The 1,000-square-foot home uses 90% less energy than a standard home and will stay running even after the power grid’s been shut down.
Nexus Haus by Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA)
Students from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) designed the plus-energy NexusHaus, a 784-square-foot modular home built to LEED Platinum standards. Topped by a 7kW photovoltaic array, the compact NexusHaus is handsomely clad in certified green wood and even grows its own food with an “all-food residential landscape.”
Aggie Sol by UC Davis
Solar-powered homes are becoming more affordable for the middle class, but what about for lower-income folks who may need those energy savings the most? That’s why UC Davis students designed Aggie Sol, a prefab solar home specifically created for low-income agricultural farm workers on the west coast. One of our favorite green elements of this house is the rooftop sprinkler cooling system that collects and reuses rainwater to naturally cool the home.