Welcome to STILE house

Sustainable Technologies Integrated in a Learning Experience

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Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition designed to challenge the mind of today's students to solve the renewable energy innovations tomorrow. The first Solar Decathlon edition was held in 2002 and it has since occurred biennally.

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The award-winning program inspires 20 teams from collegies and universities to design, build and operate solar-powered houses. The goal of these houses is not only to be attractive and energy-efficient, but also cost-effective. Much like the Olympic decathlon, the Solar Decathlon consists of 10 contests: Artchitecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Affordability, Comfort Zone, Appliances, Home life, Commuting, Energy Balance.

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West Virginia University and the University of Rome Tor Vergata have partenered together to present STILE - a house that merges Italian and Appalachian design concepts with innovative energy techniques to demonstrate that residents need not to sacrifice comfort for solar power.

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STILE is a simple and compact house covered by an elegant, Roman-inspired arch. In the history, the Roman arch experienced different evolutions, ending to be used in several applications, every time with new changes: STILE presents a new evolution of this arch. The concept of the house is based on the contrast between two different shapes: the rigid squared box and the arch's curve. The arch creates a covered passage that guides visitors inside, shades the house, and supports the solar energy arrays. A patio occurs naturally as a result of the arch's shading effect.

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STILE's floor plan maximizes public spaces and promotes an open flow with the outdoors. The northern section contains private spaces, including the bathroom, bedroom, and utility room. The rest of the house is designed as common space with entertaining in mind. This includes the kitchen and dining area as well as the large, open living room, which features a solar chimney that ventilates the house naturally through a chimney effect. In addition, many of the southern walls are large sliding-glass doors that can open to allow residents to enjoy nice weather inside and out.

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Prefabrication has always been one of the main criteria of the design in order to achieve STILE in nine days, as required by the Solar Decathlon competition . The presence in the yard of unskilled laborers required the study of innovative, efficient and simple assembly. 1. A pre-assembled module containing a mechanical room, bedroom and bathroom all located on jacks. Requiring a minimum of effort to solve most of the technical installations. 2. The living unit is completed with the creation of open space to encompass most of the daily activities. 3. The arch is made on the ground and then placed by crain above the living unit. 4. The assembly of the outer deck completes the construction of STILE.

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    WVU Solar Decathlon Team is Back

    Some exciting news for West Virginia University as the solar decathlon team is back. They announced today they are set to compete in the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon teaming with the University of Rome Tor Vergata. ...


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WVU UTV Solar Decathlon

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Principle investigator: Dr. Dimitris Korakakis

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Primary student contact: Sharrafti Kuzmar

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Finance lead: Amanda Summers

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