Solar Decathlon Highlight 4: Missouri University of Science and Technology / by Alexander Dzurec

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SILO was one of the most stunning designs we saw; incorporating "traditional farmhouse design, smart home technology, renewable energy storage, and sustainable technologies". 

SILO, "Smart Innovative Living Oasis", proved to be a sustainable solar-powered house that the Autotroph team spent a little extra time immersing ourselves in.

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SILO targeted "empty nesters", adults whose children have left home and are moving forward into the next stage of their lives. The house had technologies that allowed future inhabitants to monitor the interior of the house, control all systems through voice commands, and truly create a comfortable, open, and clean living environment. 

They implemented systems that utilized grey water in a feature wall that aerates it to eliminate algae and elongates it's life cycle; just one of their sustainable designs. They also treated grey water to help feed their landscaping and green wall. 

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One thing we didn't learn about inside of the house, but rather, after the fact - was a recycled material based clay plaster that was used to paint the walls and actually implemented to clean the air and regulate humidity. Yes, we agree, that's pretty cool! 

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Two features we loved were the corner of windows, and the kitchen doors that open fully onto the front porch - bringing in light and connecting the outside environment (in this case, the mountain ranges of Denver) into the already open, indoor space. 

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It was so comfortable feeling, many of us would've loved to have sat down and enjoyed a nice cup of tea or a nap! Kudos Missouri!