Duke University Smart House

 The Home Depot Smart Home is a 6,000 square foot live-in research laboratory operated by Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. Designed to model innovative and efficient residential building technologies, the structure incorporates a wide range of smart and sustainable systems.  See the Duke Smarthome site for more information.


From the green roof that functions as an integral part of the rainwater harvesting system to photovoltaic electrical generation, the highest standards have been incorporated into the design, and have resulted in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification by the US Green Building Council.


K-FLEX™ ECO was used for insulating the solar thermal system that provides the home with domestic hot water. K-Flex™ ECO is halogen-free and is ideal in applications where temperatures of up 300°F can be reached.


The system consists of five 4 X 10 flat plate collectors manufactured by AET, a 20-gallon drainback tank, a 120-gallon Vaughn Solar Sepco storage tank, and a 120-gallon Vaughn indirect water heater.  The system is expected to produce an average of 200,000 Btus of clean energy per day, resulting in great fuel savings and a reduction of the building’s carbon footprint.



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