President Gee Dedicates Pod Home Exhibition at COSI

A team of Architecture and Engineering students and faculty formed the first interdisciplinary partnership in the College of Engineering to design and construct a sustainable house, The Pod Home, a minimal dwelling and educational exhibit for the Center of Science and Industry's Big Science Park. The Pod Home exhibition marks the beginning of a series of Energy and Environment educational exhibits for children at COSI.  On September 24, 2010, OSU President Gee dedicated the Pod Home Exhibition at COSI, along with COSI President Chesebrough and Dean Washington of the College of Engineering.

The Pod Home was designed as a flexible living "pod" that could be transported to various sites for a range of needs. Designed with the needs of a young adult in mind, the home includes a loft, small kitchen, and a bathroom. The Pod Home explores alternatives to market-rate housing through energy-efficient design and sustainable materials, emphasizing to visitors that the average person needs only a small footprint to live comfortably. The team constructed the home with grant funds, in-kind material and service donations, and a substantial amount of volunteer labor. 

The Pod Home integrates innovative architectural design with inventive engineering and sustainable technologies - including a custom-designed floor system that utilizes phase-change materials to store and release energy. The Pod home's unique exterior form was developed to optimize the use of passive solar energy, and the slope of its roof maximizes the collection of solar energy incident on the photovoltaic panels and solar energy collector.

The Pod Home is an interdisciplinary research project led by Architecture Associate Professors Lisa Tilder and Stephen Turk of the KSA, with Engineering Professors Gary Kinzel and Seppo Korpela.  Students from three academic years and three disciplines have contributed to the Pod Home project, including Architecture students Greg Delaney, Beth Evanoo, S. Scott Kittle and Robert Scott; Architecture and Construction Systems Management students Michael Factor and Nathan Substanley; and Mechanical Engineering students Kara Shell and Doug Powell, among others.

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