Introducing the WOW House Prototype
Can design change the world? Phil Little believes it can. PLSDFs prototype, the WOW House illuminates Phil's vision of the future - it is Australia's first Solar Decathlon.
The WOW House presents new solutions through applied technology to build 'green lifestyles' into mainstream culture. Living in a WOW House ensures a 'green lifestyle' is not a conscious effort, but a way of life. “If you don’t design it in, you design it out”, explains Phil.
By definition a ‘Green' House is a more organic approach to city living. Phil Little’s eco-designed dwelling, incorporates passive climate control, roof water collection, a rotating solar roof (capable of powering an electric vehicle), water/energy self-efficiency and high-speed communications. Its modular design allows flexibility: create a peaceful hermitage from a busy life, an office or combine with a second module to create a sizable commercial hub.
Australia’s first Solar Decathlon proves we can be friendlier to the environment without compromising one’s modern convenience and lifestyle. It incorporates the comfort layers of modern society by adapting eighteenth century building technologies to meet the demands of the 21st century's challenge for affordable housing. It also has the potential to take-away the prestigious solar decathlon trophy from American universities and position Australia as the leader in Climate Management technologies!
This project is a ‘statement making initiative’ which has drawn the support of Brisbane's Lord Mayor Cambell Newman. It promises to unite industry, academia and government in the fight against climate change with deliverable outcomes that may well lead to the ‘New Queenslander’!
The WOW House - The House With Out Walls features:
The WOW Home is a livable home
Precise forethought and planning that has gone into the design of the Wow House prototype, you can soon have a cozy, comfortable home as well as that warm fuzzy feeling inside that comes with reducing your ecological footprint.
All PLSDF homes feature structural design elements to dramatically reduce energy consumption (while still maintaining comfort levels) through the use of passive solar design. This is one of the least expensive ways to heat your home, as it’s basically free when designed into a new home and has zero running costs. Put simply, design for passive solar heating is about keeping summer sun out and letting winter sun in. In moderate climates, passive solar design alone should keep the whole house comfortable for most of the year and when done well can eliminate the need for artificial heating (and cooling) all together.
Catering for the more extreme climate peaks and valleys, the Wow House prototype stretches these benefits further, incorporating convection air-cooling for the summer months so that you are unlikely to feel the need for an air-conditioner at all. It also gives the home-owner the ability to close essential living spaces off from the rest of the house reducing the amount of artificial heat required during our brief Australian winters…just another design element that will minimise the impact of artificial heating on both the environment and your budget.
We often don’t consider what happens after we flick the switch on the air conditioner, or what the farther-reaching impact might be of leaving the fan heater on in the bathroom. But by taking a few simple steps, big savings can be made
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