Introducing Team Tidewater Virginia our team of Hampton and Old Dominion University students represents the Tidewater region of Virginia a place teeming with history, where the sea and land meet. It was on Hampton’s campus, under the shade of this tree, the Emancipation Oak, that the Emancipation Proclamation was read for the very first time to freed slaves. Our home, the Canopy House, pays homage to the Emancipation Oak. This great tree epitomizes everything a home should provide a sustainable environment, shelter, and independence. The Canopy House is organized into public and private space, a mechanical room, and.
The DIEM wall. DIEM stands for Data Integrating Engineering and Mechanics, as the entire home’s systems run through this main wall to the mechanical room. Structurally, the Canopy House resembles a tree. Ibeams underneath the foundation act as the roots. These roots support the trunk that is the DIEM wall, which supports the cantilevered branches that frame the solar canopy overhead. The Solar Canopy, is an array of 43 solar panels that powers all of the systems that run the house. The panels convert the sun’s energy into electricity, which the.
DIEM Wall transports to the rest of the house. The innovative SunDrum system runs water on the solar panels during peak sunshine. This cools the panels down, making them even more efficient. Recycled water from the SunDrum goes into the hot water system. The tank in the hot water system stores excess heat produced during the day. At night, the stored heat maintains the temperature of the water in the tank and warms the house through radiant floor heating. The Canopy House was designed from the very beginning with the principles of universal.
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Design and aginginplace in mind. Our design allows people of all ages and abilities to live and play comfortably, safely, and independently. Located inside the home on the DIEM wall is HUEE. HUEE is an interactive, touchscreen and voicecontrolled interface. HUEE displays information important to the homeowner, such as the temperature, weather, energy monitoring, and maintenance. The living room is a versatile space for entertaining and relaxing. The custom designed sofa pulls out to become a bed that accommodates houseguests. The kitchen in the Canopy House features accessible appliances. The dining table can be arranged.
In multiple configurations for entertaining. In the southwest corner, a set of floor to ceiling windows opens up completely to the outside. This provides both natural ventilation and fosters a connection to the outdoors. A barrier free shower, rollunder sink, and grab bars allow both the ablebodied and the wheelchairbound to move around comfortably in the bathroom. Across from the bathroom is the flexspace, a multiuse area that houses the washer, drier, and office space. The bedroom of the Canopy House is a spacious retreat with an accessible builtin closet. On the deck of the Canopy House is a comfortable lounge space. Outside, the DIEM Wall is covered.