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Practice : Winter 2010
fEaTuRE ] solaR dEcaThloN For a brief period of time, a group of c om- mitted individuals converged to realize a very la rge and powerful thing. It’s staggering and it gives me great hope for the future.” The “outcome” Team Boston placed fifteenth in the comp- etition overall, with a si xth in a rchitecture, a fter c ompeting in ten c ontests, ranging from subjective elements such a s a rchitecture, market viability, c ommunications, lighting design, a nd engineering, to technical mea surements of how well the homes pro- vided energy for spa ce heating and cooling, hot water, home entertainment, appliances, a nd net metering. The design of the Curio house recognizes that in order to live a sustainable lifestyle, the shelter must have the ability to evolve for the users. Through the overall form of the building, construction sequenc e and introduction of a building control system, the users can fully understand and interact with the house. Team Boston ha s introduc ed new technologies such a s micro-inverters, which allow for a more accurate tracking of energy output through an Internet-ba sed monitoring system. In order for a s much of the public to have access to such a lifestyle, a n over whelming focus of the entire project has been affordability. Team Boston kept focus, beyond the ba sic pa rameters of the competition, believing that in order for the de sign and implementation to bec ome a truly sustain- able project, the project must consider environmental, economic a nd social equality. Upon completion, three tractor trailer s returned to Ma s sachusetts and carried Curio House, slowly, over the B ourne Bridge on October 7, to meet the hopes and aspirations of Community Green, a project of the Housing Assistance C orpor ation of Cape Cod. In the Spring of 2010, Curio Hou se will be home to a young couple. The Practice Department of the BAC is now sponsoring a de sign competition, for tea ms of four to five students each, that will include the Te am Boston BAC Project Directors a s c onsultants for the needs a ssessment, site work and design of fac ulty housing for up to five additiona l houses for Community Green, a place where formerly homeles s a nd lower income people can live, learn, work and grow in a n environmentally and economically sustainable setting. C ommunity Green will be a self-relia nt community con sisting of 57 rental housing units and five single family homes on 45 acres of land in Sandwich, Ma ssachusetts. The BAC thanks HAC CEO Rick Presbrey, Vice President of Operations Nancy Davison, Director of Housing Development Gisele Gauthier, Director of Resource Development Marjorie Sanson, Director of Special Projects Virginia Ryan, Americorps Member Ma ry Webb, and Neal Pratt and Jim Hoeck of the Community Green Advisory Committee, a l l of whom joined us in Wa shington, DC. Team Boston Project Manager and BAC st udent Colin Booth say s, “We are addressing broader issues of e xce ssive con sumption, c limate change and our relation to the built environment. We’re s etting a new paradigm of how we use limited resources and are showc a sing the next generation of problem solving. In reality, the t wenty school s a ren’t in competition with one another, but with the status quo that has got us into this mess.” process sketch (top of page above) by da mia n liddiar d curio house on the National mall Team boston is greeted by us Energy secretary steven chu 47 pRacTIcE