PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Geoffrey Thün (lead), Kathy Velikov
LOCATION: Washington D.C (2009); Cambridge, ON (current)
North House is a full-scale demonstrator for a net energy positive glass house that pushes the boundary of adaptive architecture through the integration of responsive technologies, high performance assemblies, prefabrication, and solar energy. It combined a digitally controlled exterior and interior shading system that was algorithmically controlled by a custom designed home automation system with both predictive and reactive controls that would respond in real time to both climate and building use in order to optimize energy usage. The team also developed a novel inhabitant interface as a central component of the environmental ecosystem of the house. This not only enables inhabitant control of the home, but also informs the inhabitant with detailed, real-time, and personalized energy and water use, speculating on the use of the future of social media to influence behavior.