North House: Prototyping Climate Responsive Envelope and Control Systems

Jul 01, 2013

This article presents a design research project that focused on developing a full-scale prototype of a net-positive energy solar powered residence, optimized for cold climates. The article discusses project objectives, design aspects, development of a specialized facade system with integrated photovoltaics, different building systems incorporated into the house, and control mechanisms used to track and monitor energy usage.

keywords: responsive envelopes, net energy positive housing, residential building controls, building envelope design, solar facade systems

Geoffrey Thün, BES, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP (University of Michigan)
Kathy Velikov, MUD, BES, MRAIC, LEED AP (University of Michigan)
Perkins+Will Research Journal
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