Solar Decathlon

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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Stanford University’s Prefab Start.Home Empowers People to Live More Sustainably

Stanford University’s Prefab Start.Home Empowers People to Live More Sustainably

This is the first time Stanford University has competed in the Solar Decathlon competition and is one of 20 teams who will test their smart home design in Irvine, California this fall. Their goal isn't to

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Students in Alberta Create a Sustainable Modular Home for Families in Remote Areas

Students in Alberta Create a Sustainable Modular Home for Families in Remote Areas

Borealis consists of parts that are easily assembled and can be moved by truck to areas that aren't always easy to reach. A steel structure makes up the skeleton of the home, with R-40 walls acting as the

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West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

From the outside WVU's PEAK house looks like a rustic cabin with a log cabin exterior. But even though the exterior appears to be made out of stacked logs, the floors, walls and ceiling are actually made

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DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE, which is an acronym for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is a net zero micro dwelling that produces all of its own energy with rooftop solar panels. It is also incredibly energy efficient

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Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Team Las Vegas is made up of 60 students from various disciplines and already they have shown themselves to be highly organized and poised to win with a design that is not only befitting to the Mojave

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Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

Team Kentuckiana makes use of the engineering, business and communication skills from the University of Louisville, the architecture and construction expertise from Ball State University, and engineering

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Ontario’s ECHO Net-Zero Prefab Home Combines Passivhaus and Solar for Flexible Green Living

Ontario’s ECHO Net-Zero Prefab Home Combines Passivhaus and Solar for Flexible Green Living

The house can generate as much power as it consumes over the course of a year, thanks to 30 photovoltaic modules mounted on its roof. The modules feature high quality mono-crystalline cells which can

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Ask U.S. Solar Decathlon Teams Pressing Green Questions TODAY on Google+!

Ask U.S. Solar Decathlon Teams Pressing Green Questions TODAY on Google+!

Want to know the latest in energy saving technologies or what app best controls your lights? Then you might want to ask those in the know—specifically members from this year's Solar Decathlon teams.

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Green-Roofed Ecohabit Residence Learns About its Inhabitants to Boost Efficiency

Green-Roofed Ecohabit Residence Learns About its Inhabitants to Boost Efficiency

Ecohabit is split into two modules: a wet module and a dry one. This helps reduce the amount of plumbing needed to service the home. The wet side features a living green wall and roof, and a very smart

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HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

The net-zero home designed by Team Capitol D.C. has so many wonderful features that not only make the home itself self-sustainable, but also sustains its occupants. A rooftop photovoltaic array provides

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INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

In just two weeks 19 teams of brilliant students from across the states and around the world will compete to build the most efficient solar-powered house in the 2013 Solar Decathlon! So far we've featured

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Solar Chameleon House Transforms to Meet the Needs of Its Occupants

Solar Chameleon House Transforms to Meet the Needs of Its Occupants

Missouri University of Science and Technology has had a team of students competing in the Solar Decathlon competition almost every time except in 2011. The team gets back into the 2013 competition for the

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