Solar Decathlon Highlight 3: University of Washington - St. Louis / by Alexander Dzurec

We saved this home design for later in our day, as it was one of the most intriguing exteriors, and turned out to be one of the most interesting in terms of resiliency and self-sufficiency. 

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Team Crete created a facade made of standard concrete, insulation, and Ultra High Performance Concrete that was not only appealing visually, but that was manufactured to sustain the impact of tornadoes and debris carried by strong winds (along with many other natural elements and changes such as fire). The demonstration of how their walls could withstand harsh impacts was highly impressive and innovative. 

The beautiful casting of the cement had little LED lights installed within the 3D pattern, presumably lighting up the whole facade at night. 

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Their concrete exterior also included a modern and contemporary integration of scuppers (drainage from the roof) that fed water to beautiful green walls on the face of each cement feature. This team's hydroponic system integrated both horizontal and vertical ground planters, providing water through a drip. Their design concentrated on self-sufficiency including solar energy, water, and food production and their team explained to us that their garden was also considered to be something that promoted collaboration within communities. 

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Engaging and innovative; thanks for drawing us into your design U of Washington! 

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