With the European counterpart to the Solar Decathlon now complete, the team from University of Florida walks away as winner of the Internet Award based on online voting open during the competition.  Their home, Project RE:FOCUS, blends three elements from historic Florida houses — a covered open porch, a breezeway oriented to prevailing winds, and a porous breathable skin — in a striking way.


Shown here is the facade in its closed position.  The wooden screen folds up to create a shaded porch area and closes to avoid solar heat gain on the inside.

Project RE: FOCUS was built with prefabricated modules that are connected by a breezeway dogtrot.  A steel frame holds a 12.42 kW solar canopy, 2.18 kW wall of Solyndra solar tubes, and the rest of the screen work.

The inside is just as contemporary and bright green as the outside.  LED lighting, a home dashboard, and efficient appliances, as shown in this video, complement the overall look and feel, making this home worthy of being named the best of the internet.





[+] Learn more about Project RE:Focus from University of Florida.

Media credits: Project RE:FOCUS.