>>Female 1: We are Team Tennessee: Vanderbilt
University and Middle Tennessee State University.>>Male: Our home sort of tries to reimagine
this traditional southern dogtrot design. We weren’t actually aware of it.
We wanted to build just sort of an open-space house.
We wanted to build a house that could have a wind through the center, perhaps.
And then our architects — we’re working with a group of architects — said,
“Hey, I’ve done a lot of architectural history. This is actually called the dogtrot design.” So we just managed to reinvent that out of
nowhere, and that was kind of cool.
So, we’ve sort of improved on that since then. Obviously, we’ve had to do a lot to fit in
the solar panels and that tends to be a difficult engineering
challenge. But we really feel like, you know, our home’s called Harmony House; we really feel we’ve done a lot to
put this architectural thing together, this really cool reimagined southern dogtrot,
along with keeping these solar panels there, along with making sure our home can sustain
this net-zero energy.>>Female 2: So, our home is going to be designed
for lower-income families in Nashville, so it’s going to eliminate those energy bills.
And the open concept allows families to have a nice living space
in the city or, really, anywhere where you’re going to find a modest low-income family.
And we’re looking to using bifacial panels, so because we have a white, reflective roof,
the panel has glass on both sides. And if it’s lifted above the roof a little
bit, it gets bounce-back from that white roof
and highly improves the efficiency of our panels.>>Team: We are Team Tennessee!