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April Meeting: Stanford Solar Decathlon 'Start.Home'­

Join us for our PHCA monthly meeting and presentation. Orientation and Passive House principles overview starts at 3.00pm. General meeting and presentation at 3.30pm. Stay for the lively conversation and networking afterwards. Entry includes beer. Free to PHCA Pro Members, $5 for Supporter members and $10 for general public.

Presentation Topic:

Stanford Start.Home represents Stanford University's first-time entry into the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. Held every two years, the competition brings together 20 collegiate teams that compete to build a net-zero solar home. The teams are judged in 10 different areas, from affordability to design and engineering.
Stanford's Start.Home, which began construction in late March, extends beyond the competition to not only create a more sustainable home, but also a more sustainable lifestyle. Central to our design is the "core," a sleek module that comes standard with a kitchen face, bathroom/laundry room, and mechanical room. In the future, we envision the core as a mass-manufactured module that "plugs" into the home, allowing for an infinite number of home and lifestyle configurations.
The Start.Home employs a variety of passive design elements including natural lighting, natural ventilation, a tight building envelope, and thermal mass. Drawing from 48 solar panels, the team will conduct extensive building analysis of the home in order to calibrate the systems and achieve net-zero.

Join us to learn more from our 'local' team who designed and built this entry.

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