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MiSo House attracts record number of visitors

The Michigan Solar House, otherwise known as MiSo House, welcomed over 2,000 visitors this past year. The 43% increase in attendance is the highest in its 8-year history and is a testament to the goal of fostering public awareness in energy efficient solar technology in housing.

The innovative 660-square foot, solar-powered home is open to the public at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and was collaboratively designed and built by an interdisciplinary team of architecture students and faculty from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning for the 2005 Solar Decathlon in Washington DC.

MiSo House serves as an ongoing full-scale laboratory operated by building technology faculty in the architecture program to monitor solar performance of the house throughout the seasons and conduct research in passive energy strategies. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of Michigan, the project continues to provide a platform for advancing research in solar technology, energy efficiency, and pre-manufactured housing. The long-term goal for MiSo is to leverage these technologies into prototype designs for manufactured housing including high-density, low-energy affordable housing.

Visit the MiSo House webpage for more information.

Oct 27, 2013


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