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Empowerhouse Takes First Place in Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!
Posted By Jessica Dailey On October 2, 2011 @ 1:14 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Features,Solar Decathlon,Solar Power,Sustainable Building | No Comments
One of the most common arguments against building energy-efficient homes is that the upfront costs are just too high, but this year’s Solar Decathlon  competition is telling another story. For the first time in the design-build contest’s history, the sustainably built prefab homes were judged in the category of affordability . If a home cost under $250,000 to build, the team won full points — and guess what? Not one, but two teams achieved full points! The Empowerhouse , built by students from Parsons the New School for Design  and the Stevens Institute of Technology , took first place in the category, with a final cost of $229,000. Affordability played a key role in the team’s design, as Empowerhouse will actually be a Habitat for Humanity  home for a Washington, D.C. family after the Solar Decathlon ends. Hit the jump to see the house  for yourself!
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 Solar Decathlon: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/index.html
 affordability: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/scores_contests_affordability.html
 Empowerhouse: http://parsit.parsons.edu/
 Parsons the New School for Design: http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/
 Stevens Institute of Technology: http://www.stevens.edu/sit/
 Habitat for Humanity: http://www.dchabitat.org/
 see the house: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/empowerhouse-stevens-institute-the-new-school-build-a-solar-decathlon-home-for-a-d-c-family/
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