Gallery: Natural Fusion: Penn State’s Solar Decathlon House


A team of students from Penn State recently unveiled their Natural Fusion residence, which has been selected as one of 20 ultra-efficient homes set to make an appearance at this year’s Solar Decathlon. The elegant structure is wrapped in living walls and utilizes a host of energy-efficient features including a green roof lined with photovoltaic panels and large windows that bathe the interiors in daylight.

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  1. David Shoemaker September 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I think the design ideas shown are great and I do appreciate the forward thinking used in the design. I did not see however rainwater capture and use on the down spouts from the roof. I would encourage the designer to also include this feature if it is not present already. With the addition of drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting you could add native plants and flowers to beautify the area around the buildings.

  2. Solartown September 24, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    This is awesome! Anything that garners interest in solar technology and makes it a more viable option is okay by me! Hopefully, more people will see these houses and get excited about the possibilities of solar technology.

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