PerFORM[D]ance House

perFORMdance House

perFORMdance House

U.S Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
http://www.solardecathlon.gov/team_florida_international.cfm

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.

Contact

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

7 Comments

  • Pedro says:

    Great concept, operable louvers that serve as sun shades and can also be used as hurricane protection. This is reminiscent of a similar design used by Paul Rudolph in the Walker guest house 1952-53 built on west coast of Florida. Unfortunately he did not have the technology at the time to have the system respond in real time. Great to see the cross pollination of ideas among the different disciplines to come up with innovative designs. It’s ideas like this that need to leave the realm of concept and be implemented in local architecture at an affordable price point and become the new vernacular. A good example of an attempt to do just that is the 99K house competition, a design contest for an affordable, sustainable house that can be build for 99K http://www.the99khouse.com/ . As far as the interior , like the open floor plan. However would like to have the ability to reconfigure the use of space in a dynamic manner perhaps by utilizing a system of large storage closets on wheels as space dividers and movable louvered screens as doors to create interior spaces as needed. Look forward to learning a bit more of the home and the systems being used.

  • Hosting says:

    Great concept and should be practical as well, we should design our houses more environment friendly and energy efficient.

  • satrio wahyu says:

    fantastic concept…so green and full of air…good circulation i mean…

    keep a good job

  • Carol Bartram says:

    I love the idea but would something like that work in the United Kingdom where lets face it we don’t get a lot of sun!

    I’ve been toying with the idea of installing solar panels for some time but at the moment they are just not efficient enough to make them worthwhile. This is a pity because with the price of energy over here going up almost daily anything that would help me go off grid would be fantastic.

  • Belladante says:

    Thanks for the insight. I’m fascinated by the reasons behind the piece, very helpful information. Keep up the great work & bring on the sunshine.

  • Arcade says:

    I’ve been toying with the idea of installing solar panels for some time but at the moment they are just not efficient enough to make them worthwhile. This is a pity because with the price of energy over here going up almost daily anything that would help me go off grid would be fantastic.

  • koçluk merkezi says:

    fantastic concept…so green and full of air…good circulation i mean…

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