Saturday, August 27, 2011

Electrical and Mechanical systems!

perFORM[D]ance House almost there!!
 This past week, we've tested the electrical and mechanical systems to ensure that the solar panels work. Also, the interior of the house functions when connected to the grid. 

The skirting around the deck was completed and full test fitting of the operable louver panels, along with further completion of the interior. 

Take a look!
lighting and sprinklers ready!

Installing the interior CORE: heart and brain of our house!

Sneak peak into our mechanical controls room!

Louvre in place!
Skirting around deck: check!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Solar Panels coming together!

The FIU perFORM[D]ance House is about to really become solar powered. Take a look at the students during the assembly of the solar panels on the roof!
Aerial View

Alfonso and Devin moving one solar panel
Connecting them!
let's put them in place!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Decking and Furnitures

The quotes on the decking are looking great!

Furnitures in interior are in place

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Solar Panels and Water Tanks!

We have a lot of things being done at the moment!

- Water Tanks for the house delivered!

- Solar Panels

- Decking

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

perFORM[D]ance House Construction Update!

perFORM[D]ance House Construction Update!

  •  The Metal Panels are up!

  • NaNa walls are in Installed

  • Interior Walls are being finished

Also, adding the top of the planters are partially finished,
and Steel beams for louvers are painted.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gotta Keep Those Water Out!

Team FIU is hard at work putting water-proof tapes all around the house before they put up the panels.

This process needed to be done as soon as possible, because we are in the middle of hurricane season, and it has been raining hard everyday!

Putting insulation around hot water pipes

Making sure there not a tiny hole for water penetration

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's all about Education!


Students of the School Architecture, as part of their course curriculum for Environmental Systems Class, made a field trip to the construction site of the perFORM[D]ance house.

Wearing their hard hats, approximately 15 students entered the construction site anxious to learn about this amazing project. Our project manager: Andy Madonna introduced the project and the competition. He explained that the U.S. Department of Energy selected twenty universities around the world to design and build a solar powered home to be displayed on the National Mall in our nation’s capital.

Then, Andy took them around the house explaining how the house is inspired by a very open living where interior and exterior spaces are blended. This is made possible by the louvered panels designed to provide shade and protect the house from hurricane winds.

As Andy stepped on the Deck, he went on explaining the construction process the house is going through both in the interior framing and the exterior deck. The students took notes and many photographs as they were very interested in learning about the Solar Decathlon 2011.

Take a look at some photos taken during their visit, which became a very rich experience for the students as they had the opportunity to learn and see up close what a real construction is all about! 

Grouo of students ready to begin the tour
Students taking notes and photographs as they learn about the perFORM[D]ance House

Our Project Manager, Andy Madonna as he explains the construction of the house

Students keeping distance from the actual construction, for security reasons.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Get to know our TEAM!

Get to know our team by entering the new and improved team page in our website!...

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Have fun while clicking through each member and learning about what they have to say. Here is a sneak peak of the work behind the elaboration of the team page and also make sure to check back as more information will be added periodically.

Alfonso Rodriguez
Joseph Kim
Deana Sritalapat

Also, take a look at some behind the scene photos that didn't make it to the website but are still very natural and fun shots of our team members while we took their photos!

 Did you notice the diversity of our team? Check under each name their nationality and also the different practices collaborating to make this project happen. Take a look as these photos of our team members about to have a meeting at the construction site!

Friday, August 5, 2011

FIU Team wins another Award!

The FIU perform[D]ance House Team was invited to the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Green Means Green Luncheon this past Friday.  Our Decathlon team was a finalist in the student category of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Sustainability, and we won!!!

The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.  In the student category was the Coral Gables High School and us.  Other finalists in different categories were Bacardi USA, Zyscovich Architects, amongst others.  

Take a look at some of our student team as they proudly received the award!

Alfonso, Ryan, Luis and Alvaro

Michele and Alfonso

Our table!

Green Sprout Award!!