Stunning Prefab Home Is Part Greenhouse

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October 08, 2015

Designed and built by University of Buffalo students for the 2015 Solar Decathlon, the GRoW Home was inspired by the “growth of solar in New York State,” Inhabitat reports.

The house, wrapped in a tight thermal envelope, is part greenhouse, part solarium, and runs on solar and thermal energy to achieve near total self-sufficiency.

“Topped by a folded roof with photovoltaic panels and a solar water heating system, the house is organized on a grid layout and divided into three modules: a 770-square-foot T-shaped living space with a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bedroom; a 320-square-foot extended living space and winter greenhouse; and a 1,440-square-foot shaded exterior deck with raised planting beds,” Inhabitat reports.

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