Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
The CHIP House (for “Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype) was built with the goal of creating a zero-energy home. It exceeded this goal thanks to solar panels that generate three times more energy than it uses. The first thing you notice about the CHIP House is it’s wraparound insulation that preserves the interior temperature of this 750-square foot abode.
The house uses an Xbox Kinect system to allow residents to control lights and appliances by just pointing on them. The Kinect is also used to turn off lights when residents leave a room.