Home for Life: Energy Part 2 (Adaptive Strategies and Future Options)

The 2007 Texas A&M Solar Decathlon, a "Home for Life," employs a modular design and various energy technologies to regulate building temperature. The building allows for thermal zoning, in which sections of the building can be curtained off to retain heat; when open, the curtains help keep the space cool. The building also has a thermal light curtain system that wraps around the clerestory windows. These curtains have the potential to respond to outside light intensity and adjust accordingly. The curtains work in conjunction with an adjustable light wing, which changes angles to reduce glare and uneven lighting of the interior space.

In the future, the 2007 Texas A&M Solar D's operational energy strategies can increase. The building's design allows for vehicle to grid technology to produce additional, non-grid energy using a hybrid car, heat collection via the building's greenhouse, and small-mounted wind energy systems. These options are one component of the "groEnergy" concept that enables families to start with a building and energy system at their own level of financial and energy needs and grow as necessary.