The guts of this home come from Cornell University's 2007 entry to the Solar Decathlon. Over 300 Cornell students were involved in the conceptualization, design and construction of this building with community and faculty advisors. Come see how they managed to get the latest in green building technology to provide enough power for a family of six to live off of, and how the current homeowners customized it to meet their needs.
Contact Name: Mike & Carrie Koplinka-Loehr
Address: 118 Ross Road, Lansing, NY 14882
Type of Building: Residence/Home
Designer/Builder: Cornell 2007 Solar Decathlon Team
Year Built: August 2008
Building Features: 72 photovoltaic panels provide all electricity for the home. They started out the first few years off-grid (with 72-battery storage), but were producing more power than they needed, so decided to get grid-connected in late 2013. Solar domestic hot water and heating provided by 48 evacuated tubes, air-to-air heat exchange, passive solar heating. Many green building products, such as recycled barn wood and non-toxic materials, are incorporated into the CUSD portion of the home. In addition, the house features a membrane roof and high efficiency state-of-the art appliances, as well as a masonry heater that was added by the current owners. Organic jean 8" cotton batting and structurally insulated panels (SIP's) make up the building's insulation throughout CUSD portion of the home.
Last updated September 29, 2015