Sustainable design for living is often approached in one of two distinct
ways: as a collection of technologies lacking the
spirit of a house or as a traditional house merely ornamented with sustainable features. Today, our rapid and agile lifestyles demand a house that is also able to respond to our changing needs. Specifically targeted at young professionals, our design aims to provide adaptability, multi-functionality and freedom of movement beyond the walls of a house. It is our aim to inspire social and environmental
change by making sustainable housing desirable and marketable to a new generation. To achieve this, we are seeking to challenge
traditional notions of public and private space and to redefine the very idea of bigness. Through a minimal footprint, our design achieves reduced material costs
and energy loads. With its shotgun configuration, natural ventilation is maximized. Through the extended porch and garden areas, the public is invited into the conviviality
of the living spaces. The outdoors has never blended this well with livable, indoor spaces. The Yale University Team is proud to present our very first entry into the U.S. Department
of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Competition: The Y-House.