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The Solar Decathlon is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

the s.ky blue vision-living under the sun

  • To help reduce society's dependence on fossil fuel and other nonrenewable natural re-sources for powering living and working environments.

  • To inspire the design of high quality living and working environments that use nature's abundant energy derived from sunlight, wind and other sustainable sources in combination with energy-efficient technologies and designs.

  • To revive the wisdom of Kentucky vernacular architecture developed in an era when modern high-energy consuming technologies were not in existence.

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Initial Design Concept

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s.ky blue house

The Kentucky entry is designed as the catalyst for a number of significant projects aimed at bringing solar and sustainability-oriented architecture to the Bluegrass and beyond.

The University of Kentucky architectural design response to the 2009 Solar Decathlon presents an optimized living and learning environment that actively engages the landscape through an integrated design approach. This holistic design motif demonstrates a range of integrated possibilities for site-malleable and contextual solutions for living under the sun today. The final scheme is fully ADA-ready and makes strong reference to the Kentucky vernacular while integrating forward-thinking innovations into its boundaries. The result is a striking design based upon an open and porous loft concept anchored by the home’s hearth-the kitchen core and a series of seamlessly integrated outdoor rooms that envelope the house to form an engaged landscape.

The team's entry is captured and expressed in its architectural design that blends the beauty, simplicity, and passivity of various elements of historic Kentucky Vernacular and local materials with modern active energy-efficient systems and technologies. In short, the house is eclectic and syncretistic, historic and modern; a combination of human-made and natural energy sources controllable by the house inhabitants to create the desired living conditions for all seasons and the integration of indoor-outdoor living spaces. The Kentucky entry is designed as the catalyst for a number of significant projects aimed at bringing solar- and sustainability- oriented architecture to the Bluegrass, Kentucky and beyond. Although a strong design is currently being developed and constructed, in a larger perspective, this endeavor would lead to the development of a process and system that will have an ongoing presence long after the 2009 Solar Decathlon (www.solardecathlon.org) has been completed.

Thus, the Kentucky project is inspired by the following vision:

  • To help reduce society's dependence on fossil fuel and other nonrenewable natural re-sources for powering living and working environments.

  • To inspire the design of high quality living and working environments that use nature's abundant energy derived from sunlight, wind and other sustainable sources in combination with energy-efficient technologies and designs.

  • To revive the wisdom of Kentucky vernacular architecture developed in an era when modern high-energy consuming technologies were not in existence