Imagine living in a house with a facade that can slide open and closed depending on the amount of solar energy you hope to capture. This is just one of the many features of the SLIDES (sustainable, living and interactive design) house concept a team of architecture and engineering students at the American University in Cairo have come up with.
This net-zero home uses photovaltaic cells, thermal roof panels and natural ventilation, along with drip irrigation and toliets. The house will be entered into the European Solar Decalthalon in 2012. The goal of the competition is to provide a fully functional 21st-century home design using the highest efficiency of solar power and sustainability.
The design will be judged on 10 criteria including the functioning of the house, energy efficiency, electrical energy balance, architecture, engineering, innovation, comfort conditions, sustainablitly, communication and social awareness and industrialization and market viability.
Additional features of the matchbox-like structure include latticework typical of arabic architecture and an exterior based on interlocking stones of ancient Eygptian construction. The team has also developed a special polymer for construction that is made up of recycled plastic bags and wood waste. They are also looking at using papyrus to create the movable screen that opens at night to provide ventilation and cooling.
The design team is seeking investors to raise the $1.1 million needed to build the home.