Solar Decathlon, University of Florida

Accoya® wood was chosen for the solar screen on the University of Florida's Project RE:FOCUS home in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition in Madrid Spain. Designed entirely by the university's architecture students, Project RE:Focus home blended innovative architecture with sustainable materials to create a zero-energy home. Strong architectural elements include a covered open porch with a breezeway oriented to the prevailing wind and of course, the Accoya® adjustable exterior screens which allows the homeowner to control privacy or utilize natural daylight, thus reducing energy consumption. The Project RE:FOCUS house made quite an impact with both judges and the general public by winning the prestigious Public Choice award and winning second place overall in the Energy Balance category and first place in the Communications category.

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