Gallery: Refract House | Solar Decathlon + Architecture City

Team California regroups after their "send-off" celebration at SCU
 
Team California regroups in a nearby parking garage after their public "send-off" celebration at SCU 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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