ASUNM Solar Decathlon 2013 http://www.asunm.org Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:03:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Check out our Audiovisual Presentation! http://www.asunm.org/check-out-our-audiovisual-presentation/ http://www.asunm.org/check-out-our-audiovisual-presentation/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 02:03:21 +0000 aychoi http://www.asunm.org/?p=3371 For the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico designed a house that celebrates its unique equilibrium with the desert environment. SHADE (Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium) is intended to grow and adapt with its users by creating microclimates that mediate between the landscape and the interior environment. With independent modules that can be combined in various configurations and a prominent solar canopy that provides a shaded outdoor extension of the house, SHADE is built for a community-oriented, indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

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Quiet on the Set! http://www.asunm.org/quiet-on-the-set/ http://www.asunm.org/quiet-on-the-set/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:43:14 +0000 nlandrev http://www.asunm.org/?p=3357 The house is almost complete which means it is time for us to shoot some video for our video walk-through. After weeks of hard work on site in the hot sun, the team has begun to install fixtures and the furniture inside SHADE.

A lot has happened in the last 2 weeks:

  • Drywall was finished
  • A smooth clay finish was applied to the walls
  • Flooring has been installed
  • Light fixtures have gone in
  • Casework was assembled
  • Plumbing fixtures are installed (including Kevin’s prized Concrete Sink from Hard Goods)
  • Furniture has been assembled and moved inside
  • The Solar Canopy has been framed and panels are installed

See some of this work in the pictures above and the rest in high-resolution
Flex Space
A game of monopoly on the Goliath Table
View of some of the Resource Furniture in the Flex Space
Concrete sink and toilet in bathroom.
Sitting on the couch in the Flex Space
View through the bathroom to the Flex Space
Exterior shade screens on the East side of SHADE

on our Facebook and Flickr (available at the top of the page).

 

There is still more to do to have the home ready to ship to Irvine next month! We will keep you updated as always. Stay in tune with our Twitter account and Facebook for up to the minute happenings of SHADE!

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SHADE Through the Eyes of John Cribbs http://www.asunm.org/shade-through-the-eyes-of-john-cribbs/ http://www.asunm.org/shade-through-the-eyes-of-john-cribbs/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:13:30 +0000 nlandrev http://www.asunm.org/?p=3353 Image of the Solar Canopy beams by John Cribbs.John Cribbs, the Architectural Manager for SHADE, has taken a series of astounding photos throughout the construction process. Just goes to show how beautiful construction can be…with a little help from Instagram. Click on the link to see all of these images on our Facebook page.

Thank you John for letting us post these.

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Last Few Weeks – Major Updates http://www.asunm.org/last-few-weeks-major-updates/ http://www.asunm.org/last-few-weeks-major-updates/#comments Sat, 13 Jul 2013 02:28:56 +0000 ASUNM http://www.asunm.org/?p=3294 Stack of deck modules
Alisha fabricating a deck module
Sheetrock installed through MKB Construction
Sheetrock installed through MKB Construction
Sheetrock installed through MKB Construction
Solar canopy beam being lifted
Solar canopy beam being lifted
Solar canopy beam being tied
Solar canopy beam being prepped
Solar canopy
Hinges on Solar canopy being welded by ACT welder.
Sheetrock Taping
Sheetrock installed through MKB Construction

Weeks June 24 – July 8

The last few weeks have been eventful.

During this week the PCM (phase change material) mats were installed on the ceiling.  Thanks to the generous donation from Phase Change Solutions, we now have a home that can provide the thermal lag to counter balance any temperature swings that occur within the home.  From our initial research,we were able to determine that the thermal lag, or time for the home to transfer heat/cold through the structure was about 6 hours. That is perfect for Phoenix and Albuquerque because of the climate conditions.  The PCM material coupled with the spray foam soy insulation and staggering the studs, creates a high R value for light gauge metal walls. We hope to be able to trick a framed home to act like a thermal mass.

The final south facing bifold door was installed. Whether close or open, the large Bifold door really creates a flexible and open-concept feel. The Western window system and placement throughout the house allows for great cross ventilation throughout the year.

Thanks to MKB Construction, the sheetrock was installed and finished within no time. In a couple of days, the rough install was complete, and the next week they completed the tapping and mudding. Now the surface is ready to receive the natural clay plaster finish.

We also received a lot of  lumber this week. Alliance Lumber was able to make a generous donation to our project by providing the lumber needed for the solar canopy beams, decks, screens and planter boxes.  Some of the team members began to fabricate the deck modules.  We can now say that 90% of the deck is completed. Also, a planter module was mocked up which allowed us to make some adjustments to the design.

The Solar canopy, a very important element to our design, has been worked on by the team at ACT and is beginning to take shape. A large beam was placed onto the columns and the hinged beams were fabricated. The canopy is coming together but we still have a ways to go. It’s massive! Naturally, with 1 sqft of solar equaling 1 sqft of shade.

This week a few team members from UNM came to install our cooling system. The BEKA mats were placed onto the ceiling by the help of Wolfgangs Cooling. They have been very supportive and helpful with the HVAC system install for the house. The mats were drilled to the sheetrock on the ceiling. The next steps would be to finish the system and then check for leaks before plastering the mats. Student members Helene, Siva and Rahul will be working on the BEKA manifold this weekend.

More exciting news, we have received our Resource Furniture! Many boxes to go through and organize, but we are up for the challenge. Continue to follow our progress on our blog, Facebook page and Twitter.

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Sealing up SHADE http://www.asunm.org/sealing-up-shade/ http://www.asunm.org/sealing-up-shade/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:35:34 +0000 ASUNM http://www.asunm.org/?p=3252 June 24, 2012

The past week was all about sealing up the SHADE home inside and out. Thanks to Banker Insulation our walls, roof and floor (underneath the modules) are all sealed up and free from air leaks. Of course we had to stay clear from the soy based spray foam insulation, but we were able to capture a few shots of them on stilts. They did an amazing job and we are now ready for PCM installation and dry wall!

The other parts of enclosing the home were the Western Windows and doors. The doors were installed first, followed by the south and north windows. It is always great to see individual components come together into a single piece. Blocking was cut to precision and installed beside a couple of doors to make sure we had a tight seal. A little more work will be done to insure its closed off completely.

The Bio PCM , phase change materials from Phase Change Solutions were placed on the walls and ceilings to get ready for the dry wall next week. What this material does is prolong the thermal lag through the walls and ceiling. Each sheet is made up of 1×1 squares that are filled with a substance that solidifies or liquefies at certain temperatures. It is always great testing out new innovations on residential applications. We plan to break the myth of a stick frame house cannot act like a mass. This tool will help us achieve that in addition to the other systems in place.

Now for the scientific part! Thermocouples which are another way of saying heat sensors were added to the house to test the different levels in the walls and ceilings as well as the exterior surfaces. These will be used to test for temperature differences. This can help us identify things that happen in the surfaces and detect for any swings or changes. As an additional testing, the thermocouple wires were added to the east and west doors and glazing to test for daily temperature swings. I wonder what results we are going to find in the coming weeks!? You’ll have to wait for the next weekly blog…

 

West Patio Door.
Bathroom window installation.
Banker Insulation spray Foam
Finished spray foam insulation
Testing glazing and framing heat conductivity
Exterior thermocouples for testing
Spray Foam Insulation in Ceiling
Bathroom half frosted window
Spray Foam with Depth Marker
Insulation on the walls and ceiling
Western Windows Systems
Photographed by Jessica Purcell
Photographed by Jessica Purcell
Photographed by Jessica Purcell
Photographed by Jessica Purcell
Photographed by Jessica Purcell
Photographed by Jessica Purcell
Photographed by Jessica Purcell

 

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Sprays, Windows, and UNM Architecture School Visit http://www.asunm.org/weatherproofing-insulation-windows-and-unm-architecture-school-visit/ http://www.asunm.org/weatherproofing-insulation-windows-and-unm-architecture-school-visit/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 01:27:04 +0000 ASUNM http://www.asunm.org/?p=3236 June 16, 2013

This passed week was a busy week for Team ASUNM. The week began with spraying the moisture barrier and weatherproofing on the house. The job was done well and in a short amount of time. That left us the rest of the week free for a lot more work to be done on the home.

On Wednesday, a visit by the School of Architecture director and dean at the University of New Mexico Michaele Pride, Geraldine Forbes and Geoffrey Adams came to see the work that UNM and ASU students of Team ASUNM have been working on since the beginning of the summer. The Design School of Arizona State dean and director Craig Barton and Michael Underhill also attended this event to tour the home and get an understanding of what is yet to come. It is always great to share the progress with our partnered schools deans and directors, as well as with the team. Student members were present to share the design and construction process with the guests. Luckily the tour of the home was under the shade which was 20 degrees cooler than the exterior 115 degree temperature.

This weekend was a busy 3 days of installing windows and doors by Western Windows, duct work by Swisher Heating and Air Conditioning, and applying insulation on the roof and interior walls. Mechanical student Helene Beauchamp and Swisher worked on the remaining duct work for the air handler unit in the house. Collum Roofers did a fantastic job on the roof. They sprayed the foam insulation for the roof as well as the interior walls. We had to stay clear of the Heat-lock Soy spray foam insulation, especially for our cars. Heat and spray foam do not go well together.

After that was cleared away, the Western Windows were installed from the bedroom to the bi-fold doors in the flex space. After a few adjustments the last door was installed!

The house is coming along, and sooner than expected we will have a more enclosed interior!

House tour under construction
House tour under construction
John explains concepts of SHADE during the tour
Site under construction.
Walking out to the construction site.
UNM visits the construction site at ACT.
UNM visits the construction site at ACT.
Weatherproofing SHADE
Dark Green Vapor Barrier
Moisture barrier
Moisture barrier tape
Moisture Barrier Close Up
Interior of SHADE under construction
Interior of SHADE under construction
Interior of SHADE under construction
Interior of SHADE under construction

 

 

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Progress – Moving out of the Shade… http://www.asunm.org/progress-moving-out-of-the-shade/ http://www.asunm.org/progress-moving-out-of-the-shade/#comments Sun, 09 Jun 2013 19:42:23 +0000 ASUNM http://www.asunm.org/?p=3121  

This week was an interesting week at ACT. A couple of adjustments were made to the plumbing and a framed shower pan was made by a couple of the students to save costs.  The shower head was selected and now we can have a concealed connection seamlessly designed with the bamboo shower planks. Students, Gian, Rahul and John worked on designing and fabricating the shower pan to match the specific design requirements.

We had a couple of material arrivals, one being our 36 Sunmodule solar panels from SolarWorld. Thank you for a wonderful delivery which will set us apart from the rest of the team. Our mono-crystalline solar panels will supply the home with more than it needs in the most efficient way possible. We also had steel beams and columns donated to help supply the material needed to complete our solar canopy. The south module will soon be shaded by the canopy and panels. We can’t wait!

It was also a big week for preparing the modules to be moved out of the shade, and into the sun. Tires and axles were added to the module’s chassis thanks to Kelly’s installation at ACT. The south module was moved first very carefully, the north module and lastly the mechanical module was moved in to the open field. ACT has been very generous with their time and allowing us to occupy their shaded work space for this long. The team is now ready to work through the summer’s “pleasant” temperatures. Here we go!!

 

Take a look at our time laps videos of the modules being moved and photos of the SHADE’s home first ride on the chassis!

 

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SHADE’s Rough-in Week http://www.asunm.org/shades-rough-in-week/ http://www.asunm.org/shades-rough-in-week/#comments Sun, 09 Jun 2013 18:21:35 +0000 ASUNM http://www.asunm.org/?p=3119 Last week was rough – in week.  The SHADE home completed their electrical wiring and outlet/switch install, copper pipe plumbing lines, and Beka mainlines, and the mechanical equipment was installed last week. Our generous mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors and some students came on site to install the equipment needed for the mechanics of the house. Students at Arizona State oversaw the drawings and students from the University of New Mexico with mechanical and electrical experience helped to complete the rough-in work. Electrical and mechanical students: Helene Beauchamp, Siva Patibandla and Justin Armstrong (Abraxas) were able to assist in the completion of the rough-ins and mechanical room within a week. Sometimes, 3 different sub-contractors were present at one time, making the scenario stressful, yet extremely productive.

The electrical installation was completed by Kortman Electric and Abraxas. With help from subcontractors at Krotman, meetings and coordination with the student leaders and Lutron Controls, the electrical wiring was in place within a few days.

The mechanical installation was in two parts: the Beka installation by Woldgangs Cooling and Heating and the air side installation by Swisher Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. The mainlines for the Beka cooling and heating system were also pressurized to insure that there were no leaks within the pipes.

The plumbing was completed with supervision from the student leaders and labor from Quail Plumbing. They have been helpful in the design and thinking of the connections to each component in the mechanical core of the house.

We would like to thank Krotman Electric, Abraxas (Justin Armstrong ), Wolfgangs Cooling and Heating, Swisher Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc and Quail Plumbing for their hard work, effort, and support throughout this project. It would be impossible to complete the work we have so far without the support of our talented local companies!

 

Updates on the construction will happen every week, so continue to follow our progress.

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Thanks Kortman Electirc, Abraxas Electric, and mechanical and electrical students for a comprehensive and well done install.
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Video of the Mechanical Module Being Moved at ACT! http://www.asunm.org/video-of-the-mechanical-module-being-moved-at-act/ http://www.asunm.org/video-of-the-mechanical-module-being-moved-at-act/#comments Sun, 09 Jun 2013 05:32:40 +0000 nlandrev http://www.asunm.org/?p=3112 http://www.asunm.org/video-of-the-mechanical-module-being-moved-at-act/feed/ 0 Video of the North Module Being Moved at ACT! http://www.asunm.org/video-of-the-north-module-being-moved-at-act/ http://www.asunm.org/video-of-the-north-module-being-moved-at-act/#comments Sun, 09 Jun 2013 05:31:40 +0000 nlandrev http://www.asunm.org/?p=3110 On Saturday morning the crew at Accelerated Construction Technologies moved the modules out into the yard so that they can receive the elastomeric membrane coating for waterproofing purposes on Monday. The next post will also show the Mechanical module being moved.

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