Monday, September 5, 2011


Epoch Homes, located in Pembroke, NH in collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Department of Architecture and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, will compete as Team Massachusetts in the Solar Decathlon 4D Home completion.

The Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a competition to come up with a home that is the best combination of energy-efficient construction, comfort and affordability. Twenty teams from around the world will assemble their houses on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between Sept. 23 and Oct. 2.

The goal, said Epoch CEO John Ela, is to design and build a home that not only uses no energy but also gives back to the grid. To do that, the sun will power the 1,000-square-foot home. The house will also be outfitted with super-insulated walls and windows, Ela said, making it virtually air-tight. Another unique feature of the house is the flexible floor plan with movable interior walls, he said. This feature allows the home to grow and change with the family.

Ela said the team finished the house in about three weeks. When the competition is over, the home will go to a family in Maine.


Jimmy C said...

The Solar Decathlon is super. I went to it last year and I'm still trying to implement some of the things I saw into my houses. Price is a problem today with a lot of the things I saw but a couple of them are affordable for new homes.

NRG Girl PA said...

Modular Homes are the ideal solution to Zero Energy Homes and have been popular in Europe for some time. The nature of the product (being produced in a climate controlled factory and the engineering and quality control) lends itself to consistency and affordability.
If the US is to become energy independent and more efficient, modular building is probably the most logical way to go. But Americans have to change their perception of both the modular home and their needs and wants. Building a 3000 sq. ft. ZEH just isn't practical, affordable, or logical.