Gallery: Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real H...

 
The Empowerhouse, one of 19 homes that competed in the 2011 Solar Decathlon, has moved beyond the competition at the National Mall to become a real home for two families in Washington D.C. Yesterday, the student team from Parsons The New School for Design , Stevens Institute of Technology and Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School celebrated the completion of Empowerhouse, and the first family will soon move in. Having won the Affordability category during the competition, the home is continuing with additional accolades and is the first Passive House in the District of Columbia and a recipient of a Mayor's Sustainability Award. Next year, a second family will move into the sustainable duplex in the Deanwood neighborhood, making it the most practical Solar Decathlon home built yet.

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  1. James E Argh December 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    “(Empowerhoue)…has the potential for national as well as international replication”. In which case I say god help us all! Once you get past the good intentions and the green specs, this house is an abomination that ignores proportion, contextualism and the basics of good design. I’m sure the project’s grads will eventually enter the marketplace and give our cities and ‘burbs endless “replication” of structures designed from the inside out.

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