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University of Michigan Solar House Our Product: As a response to the world energy crisis, the generations before us attempted to take on low energy and low consumption solar housing. MiSo* positions itself where this grass roots movement could not, as a sustainable, customizable and flexible home in line with a current tech-savvy lifestyle. If the last generation was back to basics, MiSo is technology forward. The mainstream consumer demands modern conveniences; MiSo is the bridge between previous solar housing, consumerism and technology. MiSo* looks to a world that can be passed on to your children. The MiSo* house looks not just at the direct user phase energy but all embodied energy used for its construction. Understanding the Life Cycle energy demands of a house, MiSo* takes on both passive and active solar practices to accommodate user phase energy demands. Looking beyond direct energy demands, MiSo* challenges current notions of current market construction practices. The MiSo* team considers material sources from raw materials to waste stream and for construction, portability, and expanding modularity. Developed for construction and deconstruction, MiSo* is assembled of both technical and biological nutrients that can return repeatedly as new products or are biodegradable. Accommodating the consumer’s notion of lifestyle and challenging the housing industry’s business model, MiSo* redefines what being sustainable means.


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Ventilation Strategies

Heat is gathered and stored in the lower area of the south facing double skin facade. The heat is either circulated through the house or released to the exterior, maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. For passive thermal comfort the diagram of seasonal ventilation shows how one would use the solar chimney to its fullest. In times when cooling is needed, both the vents at the top and bottom of the curve would be closed off. This creates a buffer between the building and hot air building up along its exterior. The hot air built up between the two exterior layers of the buildings skin continuously move through the air gap from south to north. When heating is required in the interior space, the solar chimney will collect heat and vent it into the interior rather than releasing the heat directly to the exterior. During the mildest conditions the vents can be opened directly from exterior to interior creating natural convection within the interior space.

Ventilation Schemes

Spring/Fall Natural Ventilation

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Summer Mechanical Ventilation

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MISO House / Solar Decathlon 2005  
MISO House / Solar Decathlon 2005  

Matt Battin Portfolio - Solar Decathlon MISO House, University of Michigan