Iowa State’s house is designed with recent retirees in mind — people who want to downsize without leaving their neighborhoods or their lifestyles. The building, called Interlock House, is meant to blend into the existing environment.
“You could plunk it in somebody’s large lot and it would densify the neighborhood, and keep them around the people they are used to,” said Timothy Lentz, a mechanical engineering graduate student.
Though it features plenty of inventions — like insulated doors made of evacuated tubes (pictured) — the home is designed to show that a solar home doesn’t require revolutionary technology.
“With our target market of recent retirees, we didn’t want to have something that was so far in left field that they couldn’t get on board with it,” Lentz said.