The following text and images are by Matthew Coates and Tim Meldrum, with Brendan Connolly, Ron van der Veen, Kristine Kenney, Julie Petersen, and Richard Franko, the winning professional team in the Cradle to Cradle Home Competition. Click images for larger color views.

ENERGY is neither created nor destroyed. It is collected and returned. This design utilizes passive solar strategies by shielding unwanted summer sun and absorbing heat from low winter sun through its thermal mass. Active solar collection provides the main source of necessary electrical energy. The core extends vertically, clad with a super-conductive photosynthetic plasma cell skin that is able to generate 1200% more electrical voltage per area than contemporary photovoltaics. Building on current research involving extracted spinach protein, the living skin is photosynthetic and phototropic. It grows and follows the path of the sun, generating electricity in excess of single family needs. Excess power is distributed to neighborhood homes and street lighting infrastructure.

Cradle to Cradle House in Roanoke, Virginia by Matthew Coates & Tim Meldrum

2005.04.18