The LEED Platinum BrightBuilt Barn is a net-zero energy home that uses solar thermal panels and photovoltaic coupled with a super-insulated envelope to create enough energy to power the house off-the-grid. At the base of the house is an array of LED lights – they glow green when more power is being produced than consumed, conversely the lights glow red when the house is using more power than it's producing.
The BrightBuilt Barn is a 700 square foot building with loft space. The floor plan can be easily used as open studios with an office space, or it can be reconfigured to serve as a one- or two-bedroom house.
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