>>Male 1: We’re University at Buffalo,
The State University of New York.>>Male 2: The name of the house is The Grow
Home. What makes it unique is
our take on sustainability is a lot more broad than just solar power.
We’re going for total self-sufficiency, so looking at Buffalo and its prominent presence
of urban gardening. We’re taking that to heart.
And we’re designing –actually, the conceptual, physical heart
of the home is actually part greenhouse and part solarium
where it can become a flexible living environment or growing environment,
depending on the needs of the climate and the user.>>Male 1: The demographic, I would say,
would mainly be a young couple that would be using this house.
I’d say it would have room for, like, an expansion for maybe a child,
but it’s mostly a small family house.>>Male 3: One thing people could take home
is that they can start to grow their own vegetables year-round regardless of the climate.>>Male 4: It’s important for the future,
really, ’cause, you know, we have to start thinking about sustainable energy,
efficient use of energy. We have to start thinking about making homes
more insulated and all these different sustainable ways of
thinking. And the competition itself
lends itself to that movement because now you can start thinking about
the different ways you can do it, not just one, you know, standard, cookie-cutter
way, but, you know, it can be really design-friendly and very, you know, cool at the same time.>>Male 2: What we’re really promoting is
more than just solar power. You can learn a lot about solar power from
the house, but it’s a lot more than just that.
Start to rely on your own processes that you can do at home
as opposed to relying on large-scale, super energy-consumption processes
that might happen on a much larger scale outside.>>Team: Let’s go, Buffalo!