WPI will participate in the 2019 Solar Decathlon Africa with three partner universities to create an efficient, innovative, net-zero energy house. Our goal was to provide recommendations for the floor, insulation, and exterior envelope systems that are functional and aesthetic features of the Solar Decathlon entry. We interviewed, observed, and shadowed artisans to learn about technical details of three Moroccan crafts that will be incorporated into house features: zellige, leather, and wicker. After creating specification sheets and performing ranked analyses on the various options for each craft, we recommended using square zellige tiles, sheepskin leather poufs, and split laurel tree wicker for the flooring, insulation, and envelope systems.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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