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The house is destined for the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, where it will serve as a learning center for energy-efficient technologies.

With a nod to central Florida’s humid climate and intense sun, FleX is a hybrid open-closed house that incorporates passive cooling and heating during winter and efficient mechanical cooling during summer.

Students designed FLeX House in a simple rectangular form and used inexpensive finish materials like corrugated metal and wood siding.

The house was designed to ship in one piece, keeping costs down and making construction easy.

FLeX House features a modest 5-kilowatt solar array, with 22 panels and a microinverter for every pair.

Sliding glass panels also help with passive cooling.

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