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2013 Solar Decathlon: fluxHome

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dmadsen, hanley wood, llc

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2013 Solar Decathlon: fluxHome

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U.S. Department of Energy

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Our world is changing fast. Change, in fact, is ubiquitous in our contemporary experience. Climate change, social change, technological change, cultural change, and change in the formation of the nuclear family are prevalent, not only in Southern California, but also as part of a global condition that defines life in the 21st century.
USC’s fluxHome™ celebrates this idea with a flexible, open plan strategy that can easily be adapted to accommodate the diverse lifestyles and demographics that typify Southern California, and a transformable wall and roof system that modulates sunlight, air, and privacy.
fluxHome™ is an innovative and affordable model for sustainable living, incorporating off-the-shelf elements with digital fabrication technology to produce an energy-efficient dwelling prototype for the 21st century. Drawing upon regional precedents such as the craftsman bungalow and the courtyard or patio house, and merging them with new smart home technologies, fluxHome™ is a net-zero hybrid that echoes and responds to the diverse Southern California landscape.

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