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

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When most people design a home, they create a structure destined to have a solid foundation on the ground, but in New York City, open space for building new houses in sparse, which is exactly why Team New York took to the rooftops to create their house for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Of the 19 homes currently competing in the biennial design-build competition on the National Mall in Washington D.C., The City College of New York’s Solar Roofpod is the only home designed specifically for city rooftops. In NYC, our rooftops are our most underutilized resource, and the Solar Roofpod takes advantage of this real estate and the bounty of sun that doesn’t reach the city streets. The prefab penthouse is a modern living space, complete with a powerful solar array, rainwater catchment, and a private garden right in the center of a big city.

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