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Last updated: 7/01/09
The most recent MIT House_n Consortium sponsor meeting took place on Tuesday, June 3rd.
Towards a Low-Carbon Economy:
Responsive Homes + Responsible Energy Use Decisions
The US, with 5% of the world’s population, consumes 25% of the world’s energy. Buildings account for the largest percentage of this consumption. To address the problem of climate change, it will be essential to create high-performance buildings while simultaneously helping individuals to make more responsible energy-consuming decisions. In this two-part program, we will address the following questions:
Part 1: Can we make use of mobile phones, sensors, and other low-cost technology in homes and workplaces to help individuals to dramatically reduce their energy consumption? Researchers from industry and academia will present current work in this area, and discuss untapped opportunities.
Part 2: Can we develop a new model for residential design, fabrication, and technology integration to make high-performance, low-energy homes cost effective and ubiquitous? We will present and evaluate Open_2: the second prototype house of the Open Prototype Initiative scheduled for completion in mid-May. Open_2 is conceived as a mass-customized, net-zero energy home that could scale to thousands of new homes.
To get a sense of what our workshops are like, you may want to see the the agenda from our October 2007 PlaceLab and OSBA meeting.
Please contact Deenie Pacik at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending future meetings.
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