Friday, January 22, 2010

Pliny Fisk designed solar demonstration house relocated to San Antonio's Mission Verde Center

Pliny Fisk of Austin's Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems helped the 2007 Texas A&M Solar Decathlon team with a solar demonstration home called the Aggie GroHome.

After being displayed on the mall in Washington and then at A&M the home was disassembled and moved to San Antonio. It has been reassembled on the grounds of the former Cooper Middle School, at 1700 Tampico Street.

The house features modular construction, so the home can “grow” as the needs or usage change. It has a total of 465 square feet of indoor living space, with dining room, living room, entry, bedroom, patio and garage modules.

The modules are the same size, except for the entry module so they can be arranged differently, up graded, replaced or added to in the future.

The dining, living, entry and bedroom modules are at the center of the house and have windows at the top of high walls for daylighting. The kitchen extension includes a refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. The house includes space and hook-ups for a washing machine and dryer. The deck which surrounds the house has places for reflecting pools or gardens.

The house features 3 types of solar panels with batteries to store the power, a high efficiency heat pump, an energy recovery ventilator and dehumidifier, light wings for shading windows, slatted rain screens, a solar heated water storage tank and is designed to incorporate three small wind turbines.

A grand opening ceremony for the house (renamed SU CASA in the Mission Verde Center) including tours of the house will be Monday, January 25 at 1 pm at 1700 Tampico Street, San Antonio 78207.

For the project's relation to the South Texas Nuclear project expansion check out the Current's Greg Harmon's posting on the house: Cooper Center bringing green tech, training to West Side  .

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