Monday, March 24, 2014

Textile-based house to use energy of 1 hair dryer

Schools from U.S. and Germany join forces to create a solar-based home made primarily of fabric. The 800-square-foot abode, which will be entered in the biennial Solar Decathlon Europe competition, uses 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a traditional house.

Although it seems like a mere "huff and puff" would blow this kind of structure away, the creators point out that the home is supported by steel ribs and its fabrics consist of sturdy materials, such as Teflon and fiberglass.

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