Lori Zimmer

20 Stunning Energy-Efficient Homes in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

by , 10/02/11

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Solar Decathlon, Washington D.C., National Mall's West Potomac Park, Appalachian State university, Solar Homestead, Team Canada, TRTL, perFORM[D], Florida International University, Hawaii, Hale Pilihonua, Re_home, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Middlebury College, Self-Reliance, University of Maryland, WaterShed, First Light, Victoria University of Wellington, Ohio State, enCORE, Parsons, Habitat for Humanity, Empowerhouse, INhome, Purdue University, CHIP home, Souther California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology, Team Belgium, E-Cube, Team China, Tongji University, Y Container, Flex House, Team Florida, 4D Home, Team Massachusetts, Team New Jersey, ENJOY House, Solar Roofpod, Team New York, University of Tennessee, Living Light, Unit 6 Unplugged, Team Tidewater Virginia

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.

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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.

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Solar Decathlon, Washington D.C., National Mall's West Potomac Park, Appalachian State university, Solar Homestead, Team Canada, TRTL, perFORM[D], Florida International University, Hawaii, Hale Pilihonua, Re_home, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Middlebury College, Self-Reliance, University of Maryland, WaterShed, First Light, Victoria University of Wellington, Ohio State, enCORE, Parsons, Habitat for Humanity, Empowerhouse, INhome, Purdue University, CHIP home, Souther California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology, Team Belgium, E-Cube, Team China, Tongji University, Y Container, Flex House, Team Florida, 4D Home, Team Massachusetts, Team New Jersey, ENJOY House, Solar Roofpod, Team New York, University of Tennessee, Living Light, Unit 6 Unplugged, Team Tidewater Virginia

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.

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6 Comments

  1. iglal October 2, 2011 at 10:03 am

    good idea for investment our elec.
    thx

  2. wwj5510 September 19, 2011 at 4:02 am

    the all house it’s so cool .I love it.
    and, hope my container house can like this in the future.
    and if want understand it,you can go to http://www.containerhouse-china.com .maybe it’s yours

  3. yamni September 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    how can you claim that these designs/buildings are energy efficient?
    simply by adding solar gadgets to a design, does not end the reliance of the design on highly industrialized processes, which is where the bulk of the energy is utilized.
    for one example, where would the e-cube project procure its envelop materials from?
    all these designs are completely dependent on a system that is absolutely detrimental to the sustainability of humans, and the earth in general.

  4. justinm443 September 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    This is such a cool thing for architecture. Every year it’s exciting to see what students are capable of.
    The Hawaii house is great.
    SCIArc/CalTech – Just give them an award for collaborating. The most progressive architecture school meets the top brainiac school.
    Hawaii and SCIArc/Caltech are the most innovative and forward thinking pieces of architecture. They should be commended for proposing experimental designs. That takes guts
    The others are much too conventional for my taste but still fun to see

  5. asd steve September 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Love the INhome, but funny how the one one in SoCal already got tagged.

  6. minus_wit_humor September 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Can’t wait to visit all of the homes!!

    Oh, and of course, Go Terps!

    Make us proud you crazy engineering turtles!!

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