Though DesertSol was developed as a second home, or "base camp" for an adventurous couple between the ages of 35 and 75, the home is well-suited to serve as a full-time residence for those with minimal
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Almost entirely surrounded by edible and native plants, the landscaping blurs the line between interior and exterior environments, doubling the amount of usable space, and creating an expansive sense of
Sci-Arc/Caltech & DALE Sci-Arc/Caltech not only have home court advantage for this year's competition being the closest to Irvine, but they also have a experience in previous competitions. Their
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon judges the twenty solar homes on design, construction, cost-effeciency, energy-efficiency and appearance. And from the looks of the fluxHome design and
Team UNC oriented UrbanEden to maximize winter solar exposure while reducing solar gain during hot summer months. The 8.7kW rooftop solar array is mounted on a flexible track that can be swung over to
The fluxHome is based on a modular and prefab kit of parts with a simple, yet flexible design that could be utilized to create low-cost housing on a larger scale. ProgramPods are pre-defined rooms and
If you've ever visited Texas, you know that for the most part, it's a hot and dry environment. In and around El Paso, mountains create rocky soil, and hot temperatures often combine with strong winds for
This is the first time Stanford University has competed in the Solar Decathlon competition and is one of 20 teams who will test their smart home design in Irvine, California this fall. Their goal isn't to
DALE, which is an acronym for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is a net zero micro dwelling that produces all of its own energy with rooftop solar panels. It is also incredibly energy efficient
The house can generate as much power as it consumes over the course of a year, thanks to 30 photovoltaic modules mounted on its roof. The modules feature high quality mono-crystalline cells which can
If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally
Want to know the latest in energy saving technologies or what app best controls your lights? Then you might want to ask those in the know—specifically members from this year's Solar Decathlon teams.
The net-zero home designed by Team Capitol D.C. has so many wonderful features that not only make the home itself self-sustainable, but also sustains its occupants. A rooftop photovoltaic array provides
Students from the Catholic University of America, George Washington University and American University have been working long and hard on their net-zero home to compete in this year's Solar Decathlon.
Active spaces are divided by a network of paths that create areas for complimentary gardens. If Frankfurters need serenity, but don't have time to leave the city, they can enjoy Yoga or Tai Chi or stroll
Family barns in southwestern New York were deconstructed and the material was saved, milled and shipped 65 miles to the north to Southern Tier where the new home would be. The reclaimed wood was used for
A Chinese microblogger recently noticed a curious architectural object built upon the roof of a housing complex in Shenzhen. A mysterious temple has been sitting atop the 21-story luxury apartment
Of the 450,000 single-use plastic bottles used every minute in the U.S., only 20% are recycled; the rest are dumped into landfills or find their way into our oceans. Using smart design to combat plastic
Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!
Hawaii is paradise, but building a home there takes an experienced hand and a strong working knowledge of its unique climate and geology. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 4,000 sq. foot Hi’ilani
Park Passive is a 2,710 square-foot, four bedroom, three bath house on an urban infill lot in the Madison Park area. It is the first house in Seattle to be certified by the Passive House Academy and
The Zero Home uses a combination of new construction materials, improved building practices and high-tech infrastructure to achieve remarkable energy efficiency. By using 2x6 studs 24 inches on center
The first ever Solar Decathlon China collegiate design competition officially kicked off today with 22 teams representing 35 universities and 13 countries gathered to show off their awesome solar-powered
The Vermont-based company is best know for producing energy efficient urethane panels, but their latest venture sees Vantem assembling their products into prefab homes. With the six available SmartHomze
The light-filled home is lined with floor to ceiling windows, bringing the Texas landscape into each of the living areas. A double height living room is used for entertaining, and opens onto the veranda
China's Solar Decathlon presents a different set of challenges than those faced by students working inside the U.S. To achieve the proper perspective, members of the UIUC team traveled to China several
In order to raise the bar on the building's energy efficiency, the science and research team sought to maximize the building’s passive energy use, driving down energy consumption and introducing
If the American Dream is to own your own home with a car in the driveway, then a real estate agent in San Jose has quite possibly created the American Fantasy. Anyone willing to put down $1.35 million for
The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal
When DPR went hunting for a building for their regional offices in Phoenix, they were surprised to find a good option in a space that used to house a porn mega store. "When we first went to look at it, we
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