Gallery: SOLAR DECATHLON 2009: Rice University’s $140,000 ZEROW House K...

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The Solar Decathlon, the super solar architecture competition held in Washington D.C. bi-annually, officially kicked off today, and Rice University‘s awesomely affordable ZEROW House is already making waves. The first round of evaluations took place yesterday, and this low-budget underdog placed 4th among the twenty competitors after being recognized in the categories Comfort Zone and Appliances. What is most impressive about this team is that the average budget of the 20 solar decathlon houses at the mall is $490,000, while the ZEROW home was built for only $140,000!!! Even more impressive, the ZEROW House was designed specifically for Houston’s Third Ward Neighborhood as part of Project Row House – an organization that seeks to develop housing for low-to moderate-income families.

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  1. dadesign January 1, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Woah, this is splendid! Very nice…

  2. ik October 19, 2009 at 9:44 am

    by far the best “bang for your buck”. yes, it is small, yes it lacks windows, the insulation is more appropriate for TX than NY or WA climates but remember that they where working with a specific lot in mind and thats how they designed. Im sure – in fact I specifically asked and they showed me how these concerns can be overcome.

  3. davidwayneosedach October 16, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    The price is right but the design looks like a storage shed. Not something I would like to live in.

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