Gallery: PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

Appalachian State University's Solar Homestead was inspired by traditional Appalachian settlements - it consists of a central living core that opens out to a generous outdoor living space called the Great Porch. A phase-changing Trombe wall system helps regulate the interior temperature while 42 bifacial solar panels supply the building with energy while providing filtered daylighting.The solar array also provides shade for the Great Porch, which connects the main home with a storage system and a smaller space that could be used as an office or guest bedroom.

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  1. vijayaraghavan6161 October 5, 2011 at 2:15 am

    make more cheep cost solar houses so that the energy consumption from the other resourses will lower and donate these houses to peoples they are under poverty level

  2. sherry qualls September 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    We’re thrilled the UMD team is leading the pack. They smartly chose Miele appliances for their home! The induction cooktop was especially of interest. Thanks for following this very cool iniative!

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