RISD Solar (2005)


Solar houses are often characterized by the “either/or” of passive or active techniques. “Passive” systems strategically use walls, window placement and overhangs to control solar gain, where “active” systems deploy pumps, piping and mechanisms to collect, store and redistribute the sun’s energy. The RISD Solar team’s entry to the 2005 Solar Decathlon interweaves these two strategies by creating a symbiosis between the building envelope and the heating and cooling system each working in both ways. Building components that are traditionally static, move (through computerized servos and biological means), while elements that are normally part of a mechanized system are visually inert (they move at the chemical and atomic level). The coordination of these two strategies allows the occupant to engage the variability of the surrounding natural environment in unique ways.

The project team included: Moria Arias, Damian Augsberger, Alexander Bettisworth, Don Bott, Abe Chan, Carie Chong, Barrett Cooke, Stephen David, Kristen Diedrichsen, Elizabeth Dombrowski, Antonio Guariento, Ryan Hammerschmidt, David Helfrich, Evan Hickey, William Kessinger, Bo Sun Kim, Yunju Kim, Grace Kim, Jennifer Kim, Jonathan Knowles, Juliet Koczak, Andrea Lao, Eleonor Lee, Sanghoon Lee, Eun Hoe Lee, Lauren Lenyard, Shannon Masse-Winks, Brian McNelis, Greg Merkel, Randolph Miles, Renee Moldovonsky, Joel Musial, Alex Ottolenghi, Heather Pickering, Carter Read, Benjamin Reynoert, Belle Richmond, Marika Shioiri-Clark, Michael Singletary, Jeff Sitton, Jonathan Smith, Christopher Spadafore, Andrea Starr, Altaira Swangin, Mikki Tam, Bill Thomas, Jannah Townsend, Sarah Tuthill, Chris Warfel, Molly Wheelock, Chi-Chen Wu, Wilbur Yoder, Dolly Yorur, and Cristina Zancani-Tabena