Living Light House
Discover the UT Living Light Solar House
In the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, the Institute for Smart Structure focused on the integration of aesthetics, technology, and energy efficient construction through the idea of Living Light. This concept not only relates to the sun, daylight and energy; it is a way of life that actively engages each participant in a learning experience to promote sustainable living. More than 200 UT students and faculty across nine academic disciplines designed the house for the Solar Decathlon.UT placed eighth overall in the decathlon and claimed high-standing marks in several categories, including first in energy production, third in engineering, third in hot-water production, third in energy-efficient appliances, and fifth in architecture.
After the Decathlon, the house transformed into a mobile exhibition known as the Tennessee Tour. Living Light traveled over 4,000 miles to five cities – Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Washington, D.C., and Chattanooga. During the Tennessee Tour, the home was personally toured by more than 50,000 visitors. It was also a featured exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, as one of only seventeen projects chosen to represent the nation’s land-grant universities during the festival, which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of land-grant universities and the US Department of Agriculture. During its time on the National Mall, the house was seen by an estimated one million people.
Living Light currently can be toured at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Take a virtual tour of the Living Light House through this video about the award-winning project:
An international competition among collegiate teams, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon selected, tested, and deomstrated the cutting-edge, sustainable building scinece and innovative design of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
9 UT disciplines
1 of 20 teams selected out of 300+ collegiate applications
Placed 8th at the 2011 Solar Decathlon
5 top rankings in the competition, including capturing 3rd in Engineering, 5th in Architecture, and 3rd in the use of Energy-Efficient appliances. The UT team also tied for 1st in the Energy Balance Contest and Hot Water.
1 of 17 projects selected for 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
5 cities hosted the house in its traveling exhibition, “The Tennessee Tour” – Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Washington, D.C.
4,000 miles traveled
50,000+ tours given throughout the home
1,000,000+ people have seen the house.