Solar Decathlon. Desert home. Arizona State and Univ of New Mexico

Sustainable desert living is the goal of this entry. Capillary mats on ceilings circulate chilled water to provide radiant cooling. Envelope design allows greater thermal efficiency. Large openings blend boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Indoor flexspace reconfigures for various uses.

SHADE (Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium) pays tribute to the interdependence of desert plant life while maximizing occupant comfort and flexibility. Solar energy, regionally proven passive heating and cooling, and intensive water management nurture a healthy and sustainable habitat, and flexible, modular spaces foster a broader community concept.