Welcome to Vermont! Norwich University’s Delta
T-90 House responds to the high demand for affordable housing by revealing the value
within a conservation based lifestyle. The Delta T-90 works to maintain an interior temperature
of 70 degrees when the exterior temperature is negative 20, a 90-degree temperature difference!
Solar panels and a conservation based design strategy allow the Delta T-90 to obtain net-zero
energy. The east and west modules join together to
maximize interior living space. A single wet wall between the kitchen and the bathroom
supplies all plumbing services. The exterior wall consists of 14” of insulating
materials that are low in embodied energy. As occupants enter through the southern facade
into the kitchen and living area, they’re welcomed by a bright multipurpose space connecting
the modules. A custom storage wall defines the office.
The integrated desk provides a work area for all members of the household.
The full bath offers ample storage for towels, sheets, and other household items.
Ductless mechanical systems and an instant water heater eliminate the need for a mechanical
room. The secondary bedroom receives comfortable
light from the east and a transom above the door provides cross ventilation. The skylight
floods the utility room with light. Storage in the master bedroom provides space
to meet the needs of a family. A door leading to the west deck provides the room with a
private outdoor space. The bold ideals of the Delta T-90 House challenge
conventional energy standards by proving that solar energy can be affordable.