ASID Icon - Spring 2012 - (Page 26)
A Sunny Outlook
INTERIOR DESIGNERS VITAL TO WINNING SOLAR PROJECTS/
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT of Energy Solar
Above: The WaterShed home’s custom furniture solutions adapted to the multi-use space while maximizing local, durable and sustainable ﬁnishes in a nod to the Chesepeake Bay.
Top and Opposite Page: INhome uses many off-the-rack solutions to achieve its goal of appealing to a broad market, while addressing sustainability concerns through careful life cycle analysis. The home’s Biowall is a unique feature that meets both aesthetic and practical needs of the home.
Decathlon is an annual competition that “challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solarpowered houses that are cost effective, energy-efficient and attractive.” Typically, it is the project’s architectural and engineering achievements that are highlighted. What about interior design achievements? The winner of the competition is the team “that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency,” so clearly interior design students and professionals can play a critical role in the design process. The 2011 Solar Decathlon ﬁrst and second place teams, the University of Maryland and Purdue University, respectively, each involved interior design students and professionals in different ways, using various disciplines to work collaboratively. Not only were these winning teams able to explore solar and sustainable technologies and materials, they designed ﬂexible, adaptable spaces that are accessible and marketable to the greater population. This platform created an opportunity for interior
designers to contribute valuable expertise to support the success of these projects and serve as an integral part of this energy-focused collaboration.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND – WATERSHED
While the University of Maryland (UM) does not have an interior design program, the Solar Decathlon team tapped into the knowledge of design professionals at Gensler to support their concept for WaterShed. The team’s goal was to rethink energy use in the built environment and address concerns about water consumption. Inspired by the Chesapeake Bay, they were guided by the following principles: water is a precious resource and should be handled conscientiously; a home should function as a micro-ecosystem; a sustainable house should both conserve and produce resources; merging the best of passive and active energy strategies is the most effective way to create a house in tune with its environment. The team’s work with Gensler to create custom furniture and other interior solutions serves as an interesting and applicable exercise for any designer when dealing with adaptable and ﬂexible spaces.
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Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy
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