The Virginia Tech Lumenhaus, an innovative, solar-powered house designed, constructed, and operated by students and faculty for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, will be exhibited in Times Square in New York City Jan. 27-31 and will be featured on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Editor's note:Due to schedule changes in Times Square, the Virginia Tech solar house will be on display on Duffy Square in Times Square only through Friday, Jan. 28 at midnight.

The Virginia Tech Lumenhaus is a modern pavilion. Where most energy-conscious houses are closed with strategic openings to resist heat transfer, Lumenhaus has open, flowing spaces linking occupants to each other within the house and to nature outside. Inspired by the Farnsworth House by Mies Van Der Rohe, the north and south walls are all glass, maximizing the exposure to bright, natural daylight. The fully automated Eclipsis System, comprising independent sliding layers, permits a revolutionary design in a solar-powered house, while filtering light in flowing patterns throughout the day.

The Virginia Tech Lumenhaus employs a “whole building design” construction approach, in which all the home’s components and systems are designed to work together to maximize user comfort with environmental protection. Lumenhaus can operate completely self sufficiently, responding to environmental changes automatically to balance energy efficiency with user comfort. Sustainable features include the use of passive energy systems, radiant heating and building materials that are from renewable and/or recyclable sources.

The Virginia Tech Lumenhaus will travel to Madrid, Spain, to compete in the first European Solar Decathlon in June of 2010. It was one of only two houses from the United States to be invited to participate in the European Solar Decathlon.

Lead faculty on the Virginia Tech Lumenhaus project are College of Architecture and Urban Studies faculty Joseph Wheeler, associate professor of architecture; Robert Dunay, the T. A. Carter Professor of Architecture; Andrew McCoy, assistant professor of building construction; and Robert Schubert, associate dean of research; Ben Johnson, professor of landscape architecture; and from the College of Engineering, Denis Gracanin, associate professor of computer science.

Lead College of Architecture and Urban Studies students on the project are David Clark of Fredericksburg, Va., graduate architecture student; Alden Haley of Glen Allen, Va., fifth-year architecture student; Corey McCalla of Rockville, Va., fifth-year architecture student; Chris Taylor of Aldie, Va., fifth-year architecture student; Christian Truitt of Bloomfield, N.J., fifth-year architecture student; Osamu Osawa of Stamford, Conn., fifth-year architecture student; and Travis Rookstool of Buchanan, Va., graduate architecture student; and Joseph Paredes of Dumfries, Va, a fifth-year landscape architecture student. Lead College of Engineering student Brian Zaremski of Manassas, Va., is a graduate student in the Center for Power and Energy.

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