SCI-Arc/Caltech A/V Walkthrough TRANSCRIPT
– 18 August 2011 [XYLOPHONE PLAYS]
REED: Ever wonder why, when you ask a kid to draw a house, they all draw the same thing?
[ROCK MUSIC] [WELDING TORCH FIRES]
LIS: Solar Decathlon was a chance for SCI-Arc and Caltech to build their version of a California
Solar Home. FEI: Homes are responsible for almost a quarter
of total energy consumption in the U.S., but that number can be way lower.
[WELDING TORCH FIRES] REED: Our house, named CHIP, stands for Compact
Hyper-Insulated Prototype. We’re excited to show it to you.
[GOOFY MUSIC BEGINS] CATHERINE: One of the most innovative features
of the house is the soft exterior. The exterior is an expression of energy conservation.
ROBBIE: Normally insulation is installed on the interior of a home, but we wrap it around
the exterior and cover it with a durable vinyl skin. That gives CHIP its unique puffy appearance.
CATHERINE: Although it’s never been quite done like this before, the house is better
insulated… ROBBIE: …and cheaper to build, since vinyl
can be attached in a single day compared to multiple days with traditional methods.
RICHARD: Solar homes have to be oriented to take advantage of the sun’s path. You don’t
need to be an engineer to figure that out. [LOUD *THUD* as “Certified Caltech Engineer”
Title appears] RICHARD: …but it helps…
[SOUND OF WELDING TORCH] ANDREW: And there’s plenty of sun in California.
Just what we need to power our entire house. [AMBIENT MUSIC]
PAUL: The first thing you notice about CHIP when you walk inside is the large open area
that uses level changes instead of partitions to divide the space. Two large windows on
either end let in tons of natural light. When both of these are open, cooler air enters
the house through the lower windows and hot air escapes the house through the upper windows.
When the windows are closed, fresh air is provided by an intelligent ventilation system.
[GOOFY MUSIC RESUMES WITH TRUMPETS] RICHARD: A 120-gallon water tank stores wasted
heat from the air conditioner. We use it to pre-heat hot water and save electricity in
both systems. Simple and innovative rainwater and greywater systems improve water conservation.
[FUNKY ELECTRONIC MUSIC] COLE: Through a custom iPAD app, you can track
home energy use and also use it to control lights and appliances. There is also an energy-saving
button that turns off all non-essential energy use when you leave CHIP. We programmed the
XBox Kinect so you can point at lights to turn them on and off.
COLE: Show-off. [GOOFY MUSIC RESUMES]
PAUL: Putting the insulation outside the structural walls allowed us to expose the framing inside
the house. Cabinets are flexible, and furniture is built into the walls.
PAUL: The kitchen is designed for people who love to cook.
PAUL: The bathroom even has a full bath. PAUL: We’ve got a super efficient washer
and dryer. PAUL: And here’s where all the fun happens,
I mean, this is the bedroom. As you can see from here, there are great views of the rest
of the house, and outside, as well. [XYLOPHONE PLAYS]
REED: Maybe in the future, when kids think of drawing a house, they’ll think of CHIP?
Let’s start that conversation today… [ROCK MUSIC over credits]