Most modular home buyers are not involved in the construction of their home. Some maybe involved in the construction process after the set of the modules on the foundation, but typically home buyers “visit” during the process and keep an eye of progress. However, Team Massachusetts in the Energy Solar Decathlon competition have been involved in every step of the building process, including the modular construction. Team members recently spent the day at Epoch Home in Pembroke, New Hampshire working on the 4D Home. Their blog and slideshow on flickr gives you a glimpse behind the scenes of this amazing project.
Team Massachusetts Blog: “Sheathing and More”
Team Massachusetts is a collaboration from University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. This is the first time the colleges have entered the Solar Decathlon competition. The team is comprised of 40 students and faculty. Each student has been assigned specific tasks within the structure of the project. Tasks include the following categories: Architecture, Engineering, Fundraising, PR, and Marketing.
This competition started 2 years ago with the submission of a technical proposal for the 2011 competition in the fall of 2009. From this point, fundraising for the project began and work started on the conceptual design of the home. In April of 2010, Team Massachusetts was chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of the 20 teams to compete. The team had the month of May to finalize construction details and place the order with Epoch Homes.
Team Massachusetts, took this home one step further. Not only is their home engineered to be a passive house powered by solar energy, but it was developed to be a 4 dimensional home. This means the home is 3D (like all homes are), but it is designed to change over time as a family grows and their needs change.
The home designed by Team Massachusetts is 1,000 sq.ft. and is designed for a family of 3. This home has a Kitchen, dining & living space, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, utility area and a “dynamic workspace.” 1,000 sq. ft. may seem very compact, however, the inclusion of 2 sliding storage partitions allow homeowners to open the flow of the home to include all but the bathroom and utility room in the open space.
For more information about Team Massachusetts or the 4D home design visit their website: http://4dhome.us/