Solar Decathlon

New Zealand’s First Light Solar Decathlon House Puts an Innovative Twist on the Basics

New Zealand’s First Light Solar Decathlon House Puts an Innovative Twist on the Basics

Several unique features set the house apart from the rest. Inspired by the traditional New Zealand holiday home, the “Kiwi bach”, socializing and a relationship with nature were of prime importance in

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PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

Sixteen of the teams are from American colleges and universities, with the other four teams coming from China, Canada, New Zealand, and Belgium. The InhabitatNYC team is particularly excited because three

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City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for the Solar Decathlon!

City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for the Solar Decathlon!

As we close in on the kick-off of the Solar Decathlon next week, we've been profiling all of this year's ultra-efficient homes as they prepare to take the Washington Mall by storm. We've already showcased

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Team Purdue’s Solar Decathlon House Blends Traditional Architecture With Net Zero Performance

Team Purdue’s Solar Decathlon House Blends Traditional Architecture With Net Zero Performance

Team Purdue’s entry in the 2011 Solar decathlon is decidedly Midwestern in its approach - it's a traditional-looking home that won't necessarily stick out in a crowd - however it's efficient enough to

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University of Tennessee’s Living Light Solar Decathlon Home is Inspired By Appalachian Cantilevered Barns

University of Tennessee’s Living Light Solar Decathlon Home is Inspired By Appalachian Cantilevered Barns

THe Living Light Home looks like it may be one of the smaller homes we see presented at this year's Solar Decathlon. The simple rectangular volume features full floor-to-ceiling windows on both the north

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Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

With a compact design, wrap-around shade and vertical siding, the design is a bit reminiscent of Michelle Kaufmann's MkLotus house. While designing the home, the student design/build team kept a small

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Team Tidewater’s Solar Decathlon Unit 6 is an Efficient Prototype for a Multi-Family Residence

Team Tidewater’s Solar Decathlon Unit 6 is an Efficient Prototype for a Multi-Family Residence

The team took inspiration for its design from the arts and crafts-style homes found throughout the center-city neighborhoods of Norfolk, Virginia. Craftsman style lines, windows and decor put this home in

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Team Canada’s Solar Decathlon TRTL Solar Shell Home is Built for Native Canadians

Team Canada’s Solar Decathlon TRTL Solar Shell Home is Built for Native Canadians

TRTL is a semi-rounded house, which takes inspiration from the tipi's open floorplan. Unlike most Solar Decathlon houses, TRTL is actually a two bedroom home designed specifically for a family and an

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Middlebury College’s Solar Decathlon Home Channels Traditional New England Farmhouse With a High-Tech Edge

Middlebury College’s Solar Decathlon Home Channels Traditional New England Farmhouse With a High-Tech Edge

The home has a traditional gabled roof - a common architectural feature in New England - allowing Self-Reliance to blend in with any neighborhood in the region. Flanking each side of the roof, at an

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Ohio State’s Solar Decathlon House Makes a Cozy Home Out of a Tiny Space

Ohio State’s Solar Decathlon House Makes a Cozy Home Out of a Tiny Space

The most cost-effective feature of the home are the thin film photovoltaics that sit atop the roof. Locally manufactured in Ohio, the thin panels cost nearly 70% less than typical solar arrays. Triple

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Team China’s Y Container Solar Decathlon House Upcycles Shipping Containers

Team China’s Y Container Solar Decathlon House Upcycles Shipping Containers

The Y Container allows residents to live just about anywhere freely, with self sufficient off-grid energy sources and a lightweight mobile design. The home has three verandas that face the surrounding

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Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon Homestead is a Net Zero Homage to the Region’s Settlers

Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon Homestead is a Net Zero Homage to the Region’s Settlers

The Solar Homestead is comprised of a main area, with six outbuilding modules that fit together to create a harmonious living space. They meet to form the Great Porch, a centrally focused outdoor living

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Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Although the home is made to sit comfortably on the beach, a parking lot will have to suffice for now. Two of the home's most striking features are its materials and its size. The concrete slabs hold all

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Ghent University Students Develop DIY Zero Energy E-Cube Building Kit For Solar Decathlon

Ghent University Students Develop DIY Zero Energy E-Cube Building Kit For Solar Decathlon

The goal of the Ghent University students was to create a comfortable, solar-powered house with a lot of space on a small budget. Simplicity is at the core of their design and the home is stripped of

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Solar Decathlon: Empowerhouse Breaks Ground in D.C.’s Deanwood Neighborhood

Solar Decathlon: Empowerhouse Breaks Ground in D.C.’s Deanwood Neighborhood

Construction on the prefab home for the competition began earlier this year in New York and will make its way down to the capital in September for the competition. In preparation of the solar home's final

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Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Hale Pilihonua, which translates to the “home that is one with the land,” was designed using a holistic approach that functions in harmony with naturally available resources. The tubular home is

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Solar Decathlon 2011: Butterfly-Roofed WaterShed House Mimics Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

Solar Decathlon 2011: Butterfly-Roofed WaterShed House Mimics Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

After winning the 2007 US Solar Decathlon, and placing second in the world, the University of Maryland team is well poised for this year's intercollegiate competition. Their solar-powered house, called

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Solar Decathlon 2011: The CHIP House Wears Its Thermal Mass on Its Puffy Sleeve

Solar Decathlon 2011: The CHIP House Wears Its Thermal Mass on Its Puffy Sleeve

The roof-integrated photovoltaic panels will provide 7.8kW of energy. The CHIP team will slant the roof to achieve optimum solar exposure 365 days a year such that the home will have net-zero energy

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Solar Decathlon 2011: FLeX House Expands and Contracts to Beat Florida’s Heat

Solar Decathlon 2011: FLeX House Expands and Contracts to Beat Florida’s Heat

Combining conservation measures and state-of-the-art technology, the team has developed a home that will be comfortable any time of year. With sliding glass panels and passive design elements that

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New Zealand Team Unveils FirstLight House for Solar Decathlon 2011 In D.C.

New Zealand Team Unveils FirstLight House for Solar Decathlon 2011 In D.C.

Sponsored by Meridian Energy, the FirstLight House is named so because New Zealand is the first country to start the new day. Characterized by its use of locally sourced wood, daylighting, and a direct

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Ohio State University’s Solar Pod House Plants the Seed of Sustainable Design

Ohio State University’s Solar Pod House Plants the Seed of Sustainable Design

The Pod house is a cumulative effort between OSU’s engineering and architecture students, who coordinated with volunteers and school faculty to explore the feasibility of green design. The home is now

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WaterShed: University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon Home Gives More Than It Takes

WaterShed: University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon Home Gives More Than It Takes

Although the University of Maryland may have a home court advantage for the upcoming competition, now set to take place at West Potomac Park, we're not going to hold it against them. The small home is

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Rejoice! Solar Decathlon Will Be Held in Washington DC After All – But Shuffled Off to a Corner

Rejoice! Solar Decathlon Will Be Held in Washington DC After All – But Shuffled Off to a Corner

The Solar Decathlon, a rigorous, annual competition where students design and build green, solar-powered homes is now back in Washington...but not in its original, prominent location. Many were outraged

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SCIArc & CalTech Team Fight to Bring the Solar Decathlon Back to the National Mall

SCIArc & CalTech Team Fight to Bring the Solar Decathlon Back to the National Mall

When the U.S Department of the Interior announced its decision to kick this year's Solar Decathlon off of the National Mall in January 2011, we doubt they expected such an uproar. One of the competing

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SCIArc & CalTech Solar Decathlon Team Forging On Despite Unknown Competition Location

SCIArc & CalTech Solar Decathlon Team Forging On Despite Unknown Competition Location

While the basic concept of the home remains intact from their first design incarnation, CH:IP has evolved into a more sophisticated net zero project. The home is designed for residents who live in the

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China to Hold Solar Decathlon Competition in 2013

China to Hold Solar Decathlon Competition in 2013

They say that imitation is one of the best forms of flattery, so it is exciting to hear that China will hold its own Solar Decathlon competition in 2013. The Chinese event was announced last week after

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National Park Service Kicks Solar Decathlon Off of the DC Mall

National Park Service Kicks Solar Decathlon Off of the DC Mall

After an 8 year relationship between the D.C. Mall and the Solar Decathlon competition, (a competition that challenges university teams to design and build awesome solar-powered homes) the National Park

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Virginia Tech’s Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 European Solar Decathlon!

Virginia Tech’s Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 European Solar Decathlon!

This the second time in one year that the team from Virginia Tech has competed with the Lumenhaus. Back at the US Solar Decathlon in October, the team finished 13th overall out of 20 teams with 704

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Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

The homes were packed all week with visitors who gazed at the unusually shaped Fablab house, doted over the cozy interior of the  Luukku House, and reveled over the superior craftsmanship of the Bambu

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