First Light by Victoria University of Wellington

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In 2011, US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon has held the contest of home design with energy as the main category. Victoria University of Wellington has participated home design, called First Light for the entrance. Efficient in energy is a goal to this home design beside façade and other aspects as its consideration.

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House Inspiration came from the traditional New Zealand holiday home, the kiwi bach. Named First Light because New Zealand is the first place morning light shines at the start of a new day. This home design features the decking runs through the center, triple-glazed skylight and large bi-fold doors illuminate the central section of the house, detachable cladding system, and custom-built furniture in the living room. Technologies that are equipped such as an interactive energy monitoring system (shows where energy is being used and displays peak energy use, peak energy production, water use, and weather data), an innovative drying cupboard (dries clothes quickly by pumping solar-heated hot water through a heat exchanger), and recycled sheep's wool as insulation. This home was a Victoria University of Wellington's U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 entry and the photos below was taken by Jim Tetro.
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