A team of students from Santa Clara University designed the 980-square foot Radiant House which was entered in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon. While their entry did not win first place in this competition to design and build energy-efficient sun-powered homes, it got the highest rating of any entry for comfort and home entertainment, ranked in the top 5 for appliances and engineering and achieved a perfect score for energy balance.
The vision behind Radiant House was threefold: the students wanted a house that would be efficient, economic and elegant. Their house was designed to make sustainable living not only affordable but accessible, and to this end features an open floor plan with ramps leading into the house. Interior spaces are roomy, with clerestory windows providing plenty of light and fresh air, and the floor plans and furnishings can be adapted to a wide variety of living circumstances. [click to continue…]