Gallery: PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

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The homes will also be judged on their affordability, a category of which we are quite interested in seeing the results -- some of these homes, like Team New Zealand's, are pretty elaborate. If the home cost more than $600,000 to build, the team will receive a big fat zero for affordability.

New Zealand's First Light House was a favorite among Inhabitat and one of the houses that many of the students believe could be the ultimate winner. The beautifully butterflied house uses sheep's wool insulation, and it has an innovative drying cupboard that dries clothes quickly by pumping solar-heated hot water through a metal exchanger.

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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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