>>Female 1: We’re from the University of Texas
at Austin and the Technical University in Munich.>>Female 2: Our house is NexusHaus.
The unique thing about our house is that it’s going to provide,
as a model for a prototype, for accessory dwelling units in Austin.>>Male: The ideal setting for our house
is going to be in sort of an existing neighborhood fabric in Austin
that already has an established character and sort of culture to it.
We’re trying to design a house that can plug in to something that exists
so we can double-density without changing the sort of feeling of a
neighborhood.>>Female 3: We’re trying to design a self-sustaining
house that you can grow your own food
and collect your own rainwater to use within the house.>>Male: We’ve designed a
— the first ever that we’re aware of on the single-family home scale —
thermal storage, like, district cooling kind of system
for an individual house. And so the way that’s designed to work
is we have this, you know, 12- to 15-foot water tower
that we cool down at night. We use electricity at night
to cool down our water, and then, during the day,
we run the AC off of the cooled water that we piped through the house.
The great part about that is, from affordability perspective,
we have solar panels on the house. And during the afternoon,
that’s when you’re generating the most electricity. So, we’re able to sell that back
when we’re generating the most and use the cooled water at night
to run the air conditioning. We’re also going for a net-zero water house.
That’s the reason we have the thermal storage. We’re collecting all the rainwater.
We have this under deck water system that’s purifying and filtering into the plants
and all kinds of things. And we are also generating food
from the water that we’ve treated.>>Team: We are Team Texas-Germany,
and we’re building the NexusHaus. Prost!