Eastman Chemical has donated its Heat Mirror® insulating glass to Appalachian State University (ASU) for the university’s entry in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition. ASU’s Team Réciprocité will use the product in the construction of its energy-independent, row house concept Maison Reciprocity.

Maison Reciprocity is a two-bedroom, two-bath row house comprised of three components: the Urban Shell, an energy-efficient structural envelope; the CHORD, a building systems core; and the living Brise-Soleil, the building skin components that produce energy and provide shelter. Team Réciprocité’s goals are to build a market-ready, affordable and adaptable house with a focus on the community.

“This opportunity is a reflection of Eastman’s ongoing commitment to sustainability,” says Godefroy Motte, Eastman’s senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. “Projects such as the Solar Decathlon demonstrate how business and education can partner together to advance innovative, sustainable solutions.”

The Maison Reciprocity row house will compete along with 19 other entries in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, an international competition that challenges student teams to design and build an energy-independent solar house. ASU is one of three U.S. universities selected to participate in the June 2014 competition in Versailles, France.

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