Gallery: Refract House | Solar Decathlon + Architecture City

Team California project managers show off their eco-savvy Refract House
Team California project managers Annessa Mattson and Kyle Belcher welcome visitors to their Solar Decathlon Refract House on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009.

What happens when an architect and an engineer walk into a Jesuit university in Silicon Valley and end up on a lightbender wholly rolling for the nation’s capital? This year’s Solar Decathlon, a Dept. of Energy best-of competition for smart and sunny houses, chose Team California to compete in the finals in Washington, D.C. The West Coast team is the  result of two very different schools joining forces — 100+ students, graduates and advisers were pooled from Santa Clara University (mostly engineering) and California College of the Arts (architecture and design) to create this solar dream team that created this truly energy-efficient, sun-powered Refract House.

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