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Clemson University Students Take First Prize at Design to Zero Competition
Posted: Thursday, February 09, 2012 |

A team of two graduate students from Clemson University School of Architecture, Eric Laine and Suzanne Steelman, has won the international Dow Solar Design to Zero competition. The team's proposal LiveWork was awarded the first place award, along with a $20,000 prize sponsored by Dow Solar. 

A guided tour of the competition-winning proposal Live/Work (Video: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

LiveWork envisions a home that expands beyond traditional building sustainability and incorporates both commercial and residential functionalities. The structure embraces its urban setting in Athens, Georgia both architecturally and economically, adapting its energy systems to the regional environment and integrating those systems seamlessly into the aesthetic design of the building.

The Design to Zero competition invited architecture students to develop exceptional design innovations to achieve affordable, high performing and energy-efficient housing solutions on a global scale. Dow launched the design competition in August 2011, and received 131 entries from 19 countries. The final 32 teams were announced in December 2011 and included designs from the U.S., Canada, China, Spain, Korea, France and Australia.

Washington St Elevation (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

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Washington St Elevation (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

Project Description from the Architects:

The live/work concept embodies the social and economic aspects of a sustainable life. With this in mind, the site is divided into 3 units to accommodate families of 2, 4 and 6 people. Located beneath each unit is a commercial space. The retail space, as a blank canvas could become anything from a market to a gallery or even a bike shop. The live/work concept is therefore in operation a full 24 hours. Because the complex is in constant use, it uses energy most efficiently.  Those who occupy the space have the opportunity to live and work economically socially and environmentally 24 hours a day.

View from Washington St and Lumpkin St (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

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View from Washington St and Lumpkin St (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

Residential Entrance and Carport (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

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Residential Entrance and Carport (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

Stair and Light Well (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

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Stair and Light Well (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

Kitchen (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

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Kitchen (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

Green Screen (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

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Green Screen (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)

View also the floor plans, structural and concept diagrams of LiveWork in the image gallery below.

Plan - ground floor (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Plan - second floor (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Rainwater Harvesting: Located beneath the PV arrays, a collection basin funnels rainwater to the mechanical chase and down to a cistern. The stored water can be used throughout the residences for non-potable functions. (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) How Many Panels for Net Zero? (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Double Glazing & Green Screen: Several measures have been taken to protect the southern glass façade. A roof extension prevents steep summer sun angles from falling directly on the glass. A green screen which is in bloom during the summer helps block solar rays. In the winter, when the screen vegetation is dormant, solar rays are able to passively heat the space. The amount of heat can be controlled by the double glazing system. Solar radiation heats the air gap which then radiates heat into the living space. In order to prevent this, a vent at the top of the air gap can be opened allowing the heat to rise and evacuate the space before heating the interior rooms. (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Structural concept (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Context & Program (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Context & Program (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Context & Program (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Context & Program (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Context & Program (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Context & Program (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Context & Program (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Context & Program (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) Context & Program (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) HVAC (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) HVAC (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) HVAC (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman) HVAC (Image: Eric Laine & Suzanne Steelman)


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