Team Canada’s TRTL design is based on the mound shape of Southern Alberta’s Native peoples’ homes. TRTL stands for “Technological Residence, Traditional Living”, and the home uses a curved solar panel roof to power its inner technologies such as an air to water heat pump and hot water production.
Ohio State’s enCORE is a family friendly energy-efficient solution. The 930 square foot home blends in with the average Ohio neighborhood while utilizing solar power, rain filtration and energy efficiency measures to save residents money.
Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology partnered with Habitat for Humanity for their Solar Decathlon entry. Empowerhouse is a one bedroom, super energy-efficient home that combines residential needs with renewable energy, consuming 90% less energy for heating and cooling than typical homes.