SHADE – Solar Home Adapting for Desert Equilibrium


Jetson Greene profiles the SHADE house, which is designed for desert living. It’s 100% powered by solar with a number of unique design features, including vertical screen, PV panels as a shading canopy, “adaptive spaces, staggered studs, humidity buffering, hydronic micro capillary tube system for radiant cooling.”

Team ASUNM, a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and University of New Mexico, has come together to address the inefficiencies of urban sprawl and to create a model for sustainable desert living that has been dubbed SHADE (Solar Home Adapting for Desert Equilibrium), which is an entry in the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition that takes place on October 3-13, 2013 in Irvine, California.