Gallery: SOLAR DECATHLON: University of Texas at Austin Green Home


The fabulous Solar Decathlon just wrapped up on this weekend, and was home to many a shining example in high-tech solar design. The University of Texas at Austin’s Bloom House took 10th place in the solar design competition, but really stood out to us as a paragon of beautiful zero-energy design. The team successfully brought a bit of “don’t mess with Texas” attitude to design, combining a large open plan with a Texas-sized kitchen, the greenest technologies, and warm local materials.

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  1. pamboyd March 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Nicely done!

  2. Mekhong Kurt March 4, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Though I’m from Texas, I’ve lived away from there many years and only recently began to learn just how people there seem to be attracted to green technologies — rather to my surprise, since I grew up on a small ranch where the local rural folks were suspicious of just about any advance. Of course, any university can (and often does) serve as a vanguard for the introduction of change, and UT-Austin certainly does so. (Got my B.A. at UT-Arlington, so there’s a bit of prejudice there!)

    The use of *plastic* panels did cause me to cock an eyebrow. While realizing this house is a demonstration project, at first blush I would think the use of vegetation, especially trees with dense foliage, would likely provide a better alternative.

    To Den: I was curious, so I went to Google and typed in (without the brackets but with the quatation marks and spacing as shown) [“Penn State”MorningStar”] and got about 16,700 returns, some photographic. And that was in regular Google, not image search. Give it a try — then you should get over your despair! :-)

  3. Den October 22, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Lovely house.

    Sorry to belabour the point but seems as if I will have to resort to begging to get some photo’s of Penn State’s Morningstar. :)

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