Mike Chino

2011 Solar Decathlon Sun-Powered House Competition Kicks Off in Washington DC - Exclusive Photos

by , 09/25/11

Solar Decathlon 2011, Team Maryland, solar decathlon houses, solar power, renewable energy, washington dc mall, solar panels, renewable energy

Several of the teams, like Massachusetts, were still working to complete their homes when we arrived on Wednesday, but the hard work paid off — Massachusetts has one of our favorite houses in the competition! Called the 4D Home, the structure has an adaptable interior with a moving wall that lets the family change the sizes of the main room. The solar panel array is atop a trellis that creates shade for the panoramic front porch.

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Belgium’s team from Ghent University built a boxy E-cube designed to be a DIY prefab that you could build yourself without much special skill. The goal of the Ghent University students was to create a comfortable, solar-powered house with a lot of space on a small budget. Simplicity is at the core of their design and the home is stripped of nonessential components and finishes, leaving its structure and façade exposed to the interior. The home is totally prefabricated into a kit of parts and geared towards those who have the inclination to build the home themselves, but don’t have the time to construct it from scratch.

Solar Decathlon 2011, Team Canada's TRTL, University of Calgary, solar decathlon houses, solar power, renewable energy, washington dc mall, solar panels, renewable energy

Team Canada’s TRTL home packs an incredible array of green building strategies into a compact 1,000 square foot home nestled beneath an arched 8.3 kW photovoltaic panel system. The home’s shape, along with its interior design, was inspired by the culture of Treaty 7 Native Peoples in Southern Alberta. The modular home was designed specifically for Southern Alberta and could help alleviate housing problems for the native communities.

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3 Comments

  1. kelly moore September 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Atitaya,

    What projects are you interested in???

    Kelly Moore

  2. atitaya wongkiam September 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

    interesting projects and want to know more about it.

  3. Kelly Moore September 26, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I would like to know how the envelope of the buildings are built? How much R-Value they have?

    All the things like water walls and funky looking boxes are good but how many people in neighborhoods are willing to have them next door to them, kinda like Brad Pitt’s Make it Right in The 9TH Ward?

    Lets make it look like a traditionally built home …BUT make it NET-ZERO…

    The home in the pictures #13 looks great because you could move it into any place in America and it would be welcome…

    Kelly Moore
    561.309.2420

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