Gallery: PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

photo © Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat
Teams will be asked to complete tasks like cooking, washing the dishes, and doing laundry, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Winners of each of these fields will begin next Tuesday, September 27, and continue through the week with the final winner being announced on Saturday, October 1.

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.

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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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