Gallery: Team New York’s Solar Decathlon House is a Sun-Powered Roofpod...

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The gardens surrounding the Solar Roofpod collect and filter stormwater. The Roofpod recycles about 30,000 gallons of water each year, decreasing the home's water usage by about 30 percent. Plus, the gardens retain the stormwater runoff that is a major contributor to NYC's problem with combine sewer overflow. The gardens themselves are capable of producing 190 pounds of fresh produce every year.

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