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6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA
Sci-Arc/Caltech not only have home court advantage for this year’s competition being the closest to Irvine, but they also have a experience in previous competitions. Their home, DALE, which stands for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, features all the elements you would expect of a solar, net-zero home. The micro home is also incredibly flexible with two modules that can be moved on rails to expand living space and adapt to different weather. We are intrigued with their out-of-the-box concept and can’t wait to see it perform during the competition.
Stanford University is a newcomer to the competition, but they come with the full force of the Silicon Valley and the university’s technical, engineering, business, design and entrepreneurial know how. The Start.Home is no one-off prefab home, it’s actually a prototype for a larger home construction system based around a central utility core. The team’s goal is to create a paradigm shift in how homes are built in the future, so the focus isn’t so much about the architecture, but on modularity, prefab systems and technology. Start.Home will also be controlled by a custom-designed home management app.
Teams from around DC joined forces to design and build the Harvest House, which works to harvest all available resources including the sun, wind, water and its own food. We liked the Harvest House a great deal because of its design and features, but also because the team thought about the home’s life after the competition. After October 13th, Harvest House will be donated to donated to Wounded Warrior Homes, a California-based nonprofit organization that helps military veterans returning from combat to recuperate.
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