Maison Reciprocity

Eastman donates product to Appalachian State University for Solar Decathlon Europe


Appalachian State University has teamed up with Eastman Chemical Company to integrate one of Eastman’s products into the university’s entry in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition. Originating in 2002, the Solar Decathlon competition was created by the U.S. Department of Energy to challenge collegiate teams to design and build a home exclusively powered by solar energy, while utilizing innovative energy technology and sustainable architecture. Team Réciprocité, formed by the alliance of Appalachian State University and Université d’Angers (france), will use Eastman’s Heat Mirror® insulating glass in the construction of its energy-independent, row house concept Maison Reciprocity. 

Maison Reciprocity is an innovative reimagined two-bedroom, two-bath row house comprised of three components: the Urban Shell, an energy-efficient structural envelope; the CHORD, a building systems core; and the living Brise-Soleil, the building skin components that produce energy and provide shelter. Team Réciprocité’s goals are to build a market-ready, affordable and adaptable house with a focus on the community. 

Constructed in Boone, North Carolina, the structure will be built, tested, disassembled, packaged and shipped all the way to Versailles, France, where Team Réciprocité will rebuild the entire structure in just ten days in order to be judged and critiqued during the competition.

“The choice of working with Eastman was clear for Team Réciprocité,” said Jason Miller, faculty director of Design. “Eastman Chemical is an international company producing globally relevant and sustainable building products in our own backyard. The opportunity for a collaborative relationship was evident from the beginning.”

Maison Reciprocity features Eastman’s Heat Mirror® insulating glass (IG). Set into door and window frames provided by Ply Gem, Heat Mirror® technology suspends one or more lightweight films inside the airspace of the IG unit to create multiple super‐insulating cavities —without adding weight — that buffer against heat loss or heat gain. Heat Mirror IG helps to reduce energy costs by enabling “windows that insulate like walls” with center-of-glass thermal performance up to R20 (.05 U‐value), while also maintaining a quiet and comfortable internal environment and protecting the home’s furnishings from fading by blocking over 99.5% of harmful UV-rays.

“This opportunity is a reflection of Eastman’s ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Godefroy Motte, Eastman’s senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. “Projects such as the Solar Decathlon demonstrate how business and education can partner together to advance innovative, sustainable solutions.”

The Maison Reciprocity row house will compete along with 19 other entries in the prestigious Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. Appalachian State University is one of only three U.S. universities selected to participate in the June 2014 competition in Versailles, France.

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