The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Arb Parking Tip
Free street parking spaces are sometimes available on Oswego St. near the Arb's Geddes Street entrance.
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Summer is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. The ornamental plants in this garden are originally native to the Americas.
Check out the bloom calendar.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

MiSo House - Michigan Solar House

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MiSo House
Innovative, Sustainable, Customizable
Michigan Solar House was designed to use only renewable sources of energy. The house captured solar energy and converted it to electricity, which powered all energy-dependent elements such as appliances, a radiant heat floor, and lighting. Solar collectors follow the south face of the house to maximize exposure to the sun. Environmentally friendly materials, including sunflower-board cabinets, ash-wood finishes, and low chemical processes, were also used to build MiSo. In addition, the modular design offers an affordable and customizable home that can be easily transported, constructed, and deconstructed. MiSo's structure is as sustainable as the energy that powers it.

Why was MiSo House Created?
MiSo House was created by a team of faculty and students from multiple disciplines as U-M's entry in the 2005 Solar Decathlon. The competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, promotes the advantages of a solar-powered lifestyle to the general public. Lead design for MiSo was done by faculty and students at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (TCAUP), which continues to conduct research about MiSo. Studies continue on the readings and functions of MiSo house. for more information.

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