Deltec Homes has teamed up with Appalachian State University to bring an attractive, flexible, and livable new net-zero home design to the market. The Solar Homestead, an award-winning entry in the 201 1US Solar Decathlon, has a modern and flexible design inspired by the dwellings of early mountain settlers.
A portion of all sales of the The Solar Homestead package goes to ASU’s building science department to fund further innovation. Read the story of the Solar Homestead here.
The Solar Homestead
Main House: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1032 square feet + 512 square feet of covered canopy space
Flex "OM:" 1 extra bedroom and bathroom, 135 square feet + 224 additional square feet of covered canopy space
The Solar Homestead design features expandability: add additional outbuilding modules ("OMs") for more living and storage space, arranged according to your needs:
1. The Flexible Outbuilding Module ("Flex OM") is a detached third bedroom or home office which includes:
2. Additional Storage Outbuilding Modules ("Storage OMs") add outdoor storage space to the grand porch.
The solar canopy features translucent, bi-facial solar panels for a breathtaking outdoor living space that also provides the electricity needs for the home. The solar canopy can be configured to allow you to install solar panels now, or can be configured as a solid tongue and groove finish to be cut out to add solar later, as your budget allows.
The wood framing of the solar canopy uses bi-facial solar panels to provide an attractive shading element while also producing electricity for the needs of the home. Bi-facial solar panels can make electricity on both of their sides, taking advantage of solar radiation reflected up from the porch floor as well as the solar radiation overhead to produce more energy.
For those homeowners who don’t need as much solar or want to add solar down the road, the canopy can be ordered with a solid tongue and groove finish. The wood framing remains the same, allowing the solid finish to be knocked out later when solar is to be installed. Customers can also mix and match their canopy finish, ordering some sections of the canopy already cut out for solar and some sections with a solid finish as appropriate to their budget for solar and net-zero goals.
Because the Solar Homestead is a collaboration project with Appalachian State University, the exterior finish options of this home are limited to match the distinct architectural style of the Solar Homestead. Options include: