West Virginia: West Virginia University
West Virginia University's U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 proposed entry, OASIS, is Offering Appalachian States Innovative Sustainability. The West Virginia team includes students from an array of backgrounds, with new and returning members working to create a revolutionary approach to affordable, sustainable living in Appalachia.
The design of OASIS embodies purity, privacy, and healthiness. These three core principles were chosen in response to the mix of a rich cultural history rooted in the natural world and the impacts of industry in the Appalachia region. The design of OASIS combines modern technologies, traditional features, and reclaimed materials to create a house that both evokes and improves on the past while fitting right in with West Virginia's increasingly modern, urban architecture.
Planned Features and Technologies
- A comprehensive water and air filtration system to improve water and air quality
- A courtyard that creates a connection between the interior and exterior environment and provides privacy
- A green roof and green wall reflect the natural themes and materials of Appalachia and aid in the connection between interior and exterior spaces
- Locally sourced materials derived from the Appalachian vernacular.