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House That Uses 'Zero Energy' - It could save you money, too, but do you like it?

Posted by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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House That Uses 'Zero Energy' Is Super Cute Too

Posted by Amy Keyishian on February 12, 2012 

Energy-Saving HomeA prototype for a new type of zero-energy-consuming house is on display in Los Angeles, and of course it’s very impressive. But you know what I love about it? It’s poofy!

Blah blah blah zero footprint, yadda yadda solar energy. Did I mention it’s poofy?

They also modified an X-Box Kinect so that all you have to do is wave at lights to turn them on and off. It’s like the clapper, but silent.

It’s an award-winning design from students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and it’s actually an amazing design that I wish I could implement today. Here, let me show you around.

This adorable new house is called CHIP, which stands for Compact, Hyper-Insulated Prototype. Since our homes use almost 25 percent of the energy in the U.S., the students were looking for ways that home design could use less energy.

The shape of the house maximizes the amount of space they can devote to solar panels, which is why you lose the peaked roof – a house-shape designed to keep snow from building up, brought to America with European settlers. Who needs a peaked roof in the desert? Nobody, that’s who. A little slant keeps the rain moving downward, and solar panels get all the room they need.

But why the house-cozy? That’s insulation. Putting it on the outside is faster, more effective, and adorable. Plus, it’s vinyl, so it's waterproof -- and think of the colors!

Meanwhile, the inside of the home has more square footage – since the inside of the walls can be exposed – and there are more nooks and crannies for built-in shelves. The water system maximizes rain and gray-water use.

CHIP has its downsides, of course. The interior doesn’t have separate rooms, because an open-air space makes it easier to cool naturally. Such an arrangement would make for quite a bit of awkwardness for families and house guests, so they’d better figure that little glitch out toot sweet.

And then? I’m first in line for the poofy house. In pink!

How do you like the poofy house?

by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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mommyprice09
by Ashley on Feb. 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

i dk it looks funny with a mattress looking thing on it. looks like a giant bandage lol

ReesesPieces
by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM
No....I like my non-poofy energy consuming house just fine!
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leafymom
by Member on Feb. 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Not going to work for me in MI, I assume but still great to see the innovation.  We could all impliment a little of it and save.

yvonne37
by Yvonne on Feb. 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

 I think its a great idea... but they need to make it look more like a "house" and less "poofy" lol... loved the post though.  I would implement some of the energy efficient things but wouldnt want to live in a house that looks like a quilt lol

yourpassion
by on Feb. 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM
I agree, the look isn't so great, but the idea is fabulous. Its a protoype, so it would be interesting to see an updated version. think it's great they built it though.
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othermom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

There are some interesting ideas, but the look is just weird.

Cafe Kate
by on Feb. 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I agree!!

Quoting yvonne37:

 I think its a great idea... but they need to make it look more like a "house" and less "poofy" lol... loved the post though.  I would implement some of the energy efficient things but wouldnt want to live in a house that looks like a quilt lol


MamaBear2cubs
by Nikki on Feb. 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I like the idea but the house itself looks like a giant matress lol.


AzariahsMother
by on Feb. 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Odd I think.
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suziejax
by on Feb. 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM

intersting 

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