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University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

Before one even enters the Watershed house the lush green native landscaping and natural siding stand out. The University of Maryland architecture students made a conscious effort to source local plants

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Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Rises to First Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Rises to First Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The two-bedroom house is a cute little bungalow with an inviting front porch and a tract home-like façade -- a characteristic that, we'll admit, had us brushing the house off at first. Inside, the

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Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

The furniture in the Unit 6 Unplugged house reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which originated in England in the late 19th century and was spread worldwide by architects and

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New Zealand’s First Light Solar Decathlon House Puts an Innovative Twist on the Basics

New Zealand’s First Light Solar Decathlon House Puts an Innovative Twist on the Basics

Several unique features set the house apart from the rest. Inspired by the traditional New Zealand holiday home, the “Kiwi bach”, socializing and a relationship with nature were of prime importance in

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PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

Sixteen of the teams are from American colleges and universities, with the other four teams coming from China, Canada, New Zealand, and Belgium. The InhabitatNYC team is particularly excited because three

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City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for the Solar Decathlon!

City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for the Solar Decathlon!

As we close in on the kick-off of the Solar Decathlon next week, we've been profiling all of this year's ultra-efficient homes as they prepare to take the Washington Mall by storm. We've already showcased

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Team Purdue’s Solar Decathlon House Blends Traditional Architecture With Net Zero Performance

Team Purdue’s Solar Decathlon House Blends Traditional Architecture With Net Zero Performance

Team Purdue’s entry in the 2011 Solar decathlon is decidedly Midwestern in its approach - it's a traditional-looking home that won't necessarily stick out in a crowd - however it's efficient enough to

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University of Tennessee’s Living Light Solar Decathlon Home is Inspired By Appalachian Cantilevered Barns

University of Tennessee’s Living Light Solar Decathlon Home is Inspired By Appalachian Cantilevered Barns

THe Living Light Home looks like it may be one of the smaller homes we see presented at this year's Solar Decathlon. The simple rectangular volume features full floor-to-ceiling windows on both the north

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Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

With a compact design, wrap-around shade and vertical siding, the design is a bit reminiscent of Michelle Kaufmann's MkLotus house. While designing the home, the student design/build team kept a small

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Team Tidewater’s Solar Decathlon Unit 6 is an Efficient Prototype for a Multi-Family Residence

Team Tidewater’s Solar Decathlon Unit 6 is an Efficient Prototype for a Multi-Family Residence

The team took inspiration for its design from the arts and crafts-style homes found throughout the center-city neighborhoods of Norfolk, Virginia. Craftsman style lines, windows and decor put this home in

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Florida International University’s Solar Decathlon Entry is a Beautiful Beach Bungalow

Florida International University’s Solar Decathlon Entry is a Beautiful Beach Bungalow

Inspired by Paul Rudolph's Cocoon House, the perFORM[D]ance home is an expansive, single-story layout with wall-to-ceiling windows that add light and open space into the design. The windows not only

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Team Canada’s Solar Decathlon TRTL Solar Shell Home is Built for Native Canadians

Team Canada’s Solar Decathlon TRTL Solar Shell Home is Built for Native Canadians

TRTL is a semi-rounded house, which takes inspiration from the tipi's open floorplan. Unlike most Solar Decathlon houses, TRTL is actually a two bedroom home designed specifically for a family and an

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Middlebury College’s Solar Decathlon Home Channels Traditional New England Farmhouse With a High-Tech Edge

Middlebury College’s Solar Decathlon Home Channels Traditional New England Farmhouse With a High-Tech Edge

The home has a traditional gabled roof - a common architectural feature in New England - allowing Self-Reliance to blend in with any neighborhood in the region. Flanking each side of the roof, at an

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SOLAR DECATHLON: Team Massachusetts Takes a Passive Approach with their 4D Home

SOLAR DECATHLON: Team Massachusetts Takes a Passive Approach with their 4D Home

The home is constructed of fiber cement and wood-clad windows. Since the passive windows and walls are built to collect, store, and distribute solar heat in the winter and reject it in the summer

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Ohio State’s Solar Decathlon House Makes a Cozy Home Out of a Tiny Space

Ohio State’s Solar Decathlon House Makes a Cozy Home Out of a Tiny Space

The most cost-effective feature of the home are the thin film photovoltaics that sit atop the roof. Locally manufactured in Ohio, the thin panels cost nearly 70% less than typical solar arrays. Triple

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Team China’s Y Container Solar Decathlon House Upcycles Shipping Containers

Team China’s Y Container Solar Decathlon House Upcycles Shipping Containers

The Y Container allows residents to live just about anywhere freely, with self sufficient off-grid energy sources and a lightweight mobile design. The home has three verandas that face the surrounding

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Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon Homestead is a Net Zero Homage to the Region’s Settlers

Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon Homestead is a Net Zero Homage to the Region’s Settlers

The Solar Homestead is comprised of a main area, with six outbuilding modules that fit together to create a harmonious living space. They meet to form the Great Porch, a centrally focused outdoor living

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German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!

German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!

It's no surprise that the country that has kicked butt at the Solar Decathlon competition (to produce energy positive solar houses) year after year is the home to such a productive energy-efficient

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MIT’s New Tools for Sustainability-Minded Designers and Developers

MIT’s New Tools for Sustainability-Minded Designers and Developers

MIT researchers, in collaboration with China’s Tsinghua University, have recently created a new set of tools to evaluate the energy performance of large-scale development projects. The tools are a

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Egypt’s Solar SLIDES House Has a Transforming Perforated Facade

Egypt’s Solar SLIDES House Has a Transforming Perforated Facade

Since Egypt is a country known for not only its hot sun, but its architectural tradition, the students wanted to design a modernized home that echoed the past. The students compare the structural design

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Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Although the home is made to sit comfortably on the beach, a parking lot will have to suffice for now. Two of the home's most striking features are its materials and its size. The concrete slabs hold all

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Ghent University Students Develop DIY Zero Energy E-Cube Building Kit For Solar Decathlon

Ghent University Students Develop DIY Zero Energy E-Cube Building Kit For Solar Decathlon

The goal of the Ghent University students was to create a comfortable, solar-powered house with a lot of space on a small budget. Simplicity is at the core of their design and the home is stripped of

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Solar Decathlon: Empowerhouse Breaks Ground in D.C.’s Deanwood Neighborhood

Solar Decathlon: Empowerhouse Breaks Ground in D.C.’s Deanwood Neighborhood

Construction on the prefab home for the competition began earlier this year in New York and will make its way down to the capital in September for the competition. In preparation of the solar home's final

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FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

The high-tech shelter is designed to provide a sustainable source of vital resources on-site. Four hydraulic legs quickly stabilize the structure on rugged terrain, and an outer wall rises to create a

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Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Hale Pilihonua, which translates to the “home that is one with the land,” was designed using a holistic approach that functions in harmony with naturally available resources. The tubular home is

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Solar Decathlon 2011: Butterfly-Roofed WaterShed House Mimics Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

Solar Decathlon 2011: Butterfly-Roofed WaterShed House Mimics Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

After winning the 2007 US Solar Decathlon, and placing second in the world, the University of Maryland team is well poised for this year's intercollegiate competition. Their solar-powered house, called

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Solar Decathlon 2011: The CHIP House Wears Its Thermal Mass on Its Puffy Sleeve

Solar Decathlon 2011: The CHIP House Wears Its Thermal Mass on Its Puffy Sleeve

The roof-integrated photovoltaic panels will provide 7.8kW of energy. The CHIP team will slant the roof to achieve optimum solar exposure 365 days a year such that the home will have net-zero energy

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Solar Decathlon 2011: FLeX House Expands and Contracts to Beat Florida’s Heat

Solar Decathlon 2011: FLeX House Expands and Contracts to Beat Florida’s Heat

Combining conservation measures and state-of-the-art technology, the team has developed a home that will be comfortable any time of year. With sliding glass panels and passive design elements that

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