Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico
Team website: www.asunm.org
Arizona State University returns to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 with a new partner and a new mission. The school has teamed with The University of New Mexico to create a house that addresses the unique challenges presented by the suburban sprawl of Phoenix, Albuquerque, and other Southwest cities.
Behind the team's design is the idea that by building environmentally sound homes on overlooked and abandoned urban lots, we can revitalize once-thriving desert landscapes while making room for a growing population. The team hopes to encourage a new direction for affordable, reconfigurable homes while encouraging biodiversity for a healthier ecosystem and peace of mind. Comfort will be maximized not only through flexible indoor-outdoor spaces but also through the development of advanced, regionally proven passive heating and cooling systems. Harnessed solar energy will supply power, and intensive water management—at the heart of the house's design—will catalyze a healthy and sustainable habitat.