Solar Decathlon

Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

At this year's Solar Decathlon event, Team Paris will unveil an innovative new urban living concept: plug-in housing. Live Lib is a community of plug-in capsule homes that share energy provided and

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Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away

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Team Austria’s LISI House Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon!

Team Austria’s LISI House Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon!

The top 3 homes of this year's competition: 1. Team Austria: Vienna University of Technology - LISI Home 2. Team Las Vegas: University of Nevada Las Vegas - DesertSol Home 3. Team Czech Republic:

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Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

In anticipation of the next wave of students and young professionals looking to purchase a home in the next ten years, Team Ontario designed ECHO, a starter home that introduces the concept of sustainable

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Team Czech Republic’s AIR House Wins the Architecture Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Team Czech Republic’s AIR House Wins the Architecture Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Team Czech Republic's AIR House earned a score of 98 out of a possible 100 points to win the contest. Architectural juror Richard Swett, CEO and co-founder of Climate PROSPERITY Enterprise Solutions,

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Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way at the Solar Decathlon 2013

A modern home kitted out with all of the latest technology, including a vast solar array that provides all of its power, the PEAK House nonetheless maintains the comforting ambience of a rustic cabin in

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Green-Roofed InSite House Features Crazy Thick Walls Stuffed with Blue Jean Insulation at the Solar Decathlon

Green-Roofed InSite House Features Crazy Thick Walls Stuffed with Blue Jean Insulation at the Solar Decathlon

The five points of InSiteful design include: create a walkable community, provide ample social space, centralize energy systems to reduce waste and enhance efficiency, engage the street and use local

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Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar Decathlon House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar Decathlon House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

The team includes students from three neighboring universities: the University of Louisville, Ball State University, and the University of Kentucky. Each of the universities provided a special kind of

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UNC Charlotte’s UrbanEden Solar Decathlon Home Features a Garden Wall for Growing Food in the City

UNC Charlotte’s UrbanEden Solar Decathlon Home Features a Garden Wall for Growing Food in the City

The UNC Charlotte team is calling their UrbanEden "a tree planted in the forest of the city." The Solar Decathlon home is designed for Charlotte’s temperate climate and increasingly urban lifestyle and

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Team Norwich Delta’s T-90 Home is an Insulated Fortress that Provides All-Weather Comfort at the Solar Decathlon

Team Norwich Delta’s T-90 Home is an Insulated Fortress that Provides All-Weather Comfort at the Solar Decathlon

The Delta T-90 design is all about providing a sustainable dwelling that provides maximum interior comfort for residents despite extreme temperatures on the exterior, and all at an affordable cost. At the

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Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

This is the Missouri Team’s fifth Solar Decathlon competition. In fact, they are the only team worldwide to have been accepted into five of the six U.S. Department of Energy intercollegiate architecture

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Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Like all of the Solar Decathlon homes, the Radiant House takes its energy from the ubiquitous California sun vis–à–vis a 7.14kW solar array attached to an innovative rooftop racking system. That

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Team Texas’ Solar Decathlon ADAPT House Takes Advantage of El Paso’s Abundant Sunlight

Team Texas’ Solar Decathlon ADAPT House Takes Advantage of El Paso’s Abundant Sunlight

The Texas student team created ADAPT with the belief that a home is not just a location or state of mind but a place where the heart is.  The house was designed with desert living in mind and the

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Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

In the desert, sun can be both a blessing and a curse - especially in urban environments beset with a host of other problems such as the heat island effect and pollution. A smart home, like the SHADE

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Stevens Institute’s Ecohabit Home Stands Out with Photovoltaic Shingles at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Stevens Institute’s Ecohabit Home Stands Out with Photovoltaic Shingles at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The 1,300 square foot home is a simple, low-slung L-shaped construction made up of two modules—a 'dry module' that hosts all of the home's living areas and a 'wet module' containing all of Ecohabit's

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Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

As we move into the first official week of the Solar Decathlon 2013, the judges are beginning to make their rounds of the 19 beautiful ultra-efficient solar homes. Although all of the designs are

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Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

The SCI-Arc-/Caltech home, DALE, which stands for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is an exercise two years in the making that reacts to California's love for super-sized suburban tract homes by

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Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

The Solar Decathlon 2013 competition officially kicked off 3 October, 2013; to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony, groups of officials and decathletes gathered to take a much deserved break from all

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Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Though DesertSol was developed as a second home, or "base camp" for an adventurous couple between the ages of 35 and 75, the home is well-suited to serve as a full-time residence for those with minimal

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Team Capitol DC’s Net-Zero Harvest Solar Decathlon Home is Wrapped With an Edible Garden

Team Capitol DC’s Net-Zero Harvest Solar Decathlon Home is Wrapped With an Edible Garden

Almost entirely surrounded by edible and native plants, the landscaping blurs the line between interior and exterior environments, doubling the amount of usable space, and creating an expansive sense of

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6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA

6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA

Sci-Arc/Caltech & DALE Sci-Arc/Caltech not only have home court advantage for this year's competition being the closest to Irvine, but they also have a experience in previous competitions. Their

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USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon judges the twenty solar homes on design, construction, cost-effeciency, energy-efficiency and appearance. And from the looks of the fluxHome design and

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The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

Photo by Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Heads up green building fans - Inhabitat is reporting live from Irvine, California, where student teams from across the States and around the world

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UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

Team UNC oriented UrbanEden to maximize winter solar exposure while reducing solar gain during hot summer months. The 8.7kW rooftop solar array is mounted on a flexible track that can be swung over to

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Radiant House: Santa Clara Students to Create a Modular Solar Home from Bamboo

Radiant House: Santa Clara Students to Create a Modular Solar Home from Bamboo

Bamboo is a very sustainable material; because it is a grass and grows very quickly, unlike slow-growing trees like oak or pine. So the team decided to built the entire home out of bamboo. Even the

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USC’s fluxHome is a Model for Energy Efficient and Low-Cost Housing for SoCal

USC’s fluxHome is a Model for Energy Efficient and Low-Cost Housing for SoCal

The fluxHome is based on a modular and prefab kit of parts with a simple, yet flexible design that could be utilized to create low-cost housing on a larger scale. ProgramPods are pre-defined rooms and

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Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Two major components of this design set it apart from similar solar decathlon entries this year: the liquid-cooled rooftop PV array and a clever Data Integrating Engineering and Mechanics Wall (DIEM),

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Texas Students’ ADAPT Home Design Puts Abundant Desert Sunlight To Good Use

Texas Students’ ADAPT Home Design Puts Abundant Desert Sunlight To Good Use

If you've ever visited Texas, you know that for the most part, it's a hot and dry environment. In and around El Paso, mountains create rocky soil, and hot temperatures often combine with strong winds for

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ASU’s SHADE House is an Affordable Eco Home for Suburban Living in the Southwest

ASU’s SHADE House is an Affordable Eco Home for Suburban Living in the Southwest

SHADE isn't just shelter from the sun - it stands for Solar Homes Adapting of Desert Equilibrium, which is the name of an eco house designed in collaboration between Arizona State University and the

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from Vermont, the

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