This semester, Travis's IAR 301 studio has been focusing on the Solar Decathlon, a zero energy residential design competition held every two years. This year, the competition took place on part of the national lawn in Washington, DC, where each house was constructed on site from modular parts traveling in from all over the world.
From the beginning, each student in our class was assigned a different team's design to analyze through research and the production of two- and three-dimensional diagrams. During the weekend of September 30th-October 2nd, our class traveled to Washington, DC and toured the houses firsthand.
Below is my personal analysis of the Living Light house, designed by the University of Tennessee.
(construction documents borrowed from http://www.solardecathlon.gov/team_tennessee.html)