perFORMdance House

U.S Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Florida International University’s PerFORM[D]ance:

  • Is a solar-powered house that performs in real time by sensing and responding to the generation and acquisition of energy
  • “Dances” in response to the external conditions of its environment and the internal conditions of its use.

A contemporary interpretation of traditional porches, PerFORM[D]ance’s canopy features a versatile design that adapts to the local tropical climate and allows various levels of enclosure. A counterbalance system allows the adjustable perimeter louvers to swing open, forming a wide canopy that fully shades the interior and exterior spaces. The louvered panels can also close tightly against the house to serve as hurricane shutters.

Innovative, building-integrated photovoltaics and solar thermal systems provide the highest levels of comfort for residents and the lowest possible impact on the environment.


Marilys Nepomechie
PCA 386 A
School of Architecture
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305 348-1887