Solar Decathlon

Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Through their various decisions, the 40-member team from Ghent University constantly stressed affordability and efficiency. The house begins with a starter unit that, and according to the buyer’s time

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Affordable Re_Home is Prepped for Natural Disaster Recovery

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Affordable Re_Home is Prepped for Natural Disaster Recovery

This year, a strong focus was placed on affordability and Team Illinois worked hard to minimize costs where possible through the use of materials. They estimate the final cost of the Re_home, which

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University of Maryland WaterShed House Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

University of Maryland WaterShed House Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The results of the 2011 Solar Decathlon have just been announced, and the winner is University of Maryland WaterShed house! The beautiful water-conservation themed house has been leading the competition

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Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Takes 2nd Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Takes 2nd Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

We're thrilled to announce that this weekend Team Purdue took second place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon! Purdue's sensible, suburban-style INhome received top marks throughout the competition due to its

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Team Massachusetts’ 4D Solar Decathlon Home is a 21st-Century Take on the Gable House

Team Massachusetts’ 4D Solar Decathlon Home is a 21st-Century Take on the Gable House

The 4D Home beautifully blends traditional architecture with modern building techniques to create an exceptionally efficient off-grid home that can produce more energy than it consumes. The heart of the

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Team Maryland Wins the Architecture Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team Maryland Wins the Architecture Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

The WaterShed Solar Decathlon house, built by students from the University of Maryland, has taken first place in the design-build competition's architecture category! And we are not surprised. Ever since

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

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

The 2011 Solar Decathlon is heating up as 20 teams of students from around the world construct stunning, energy-efficient homes at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The

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Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

A limited budget has made adaptability a top theme this year and The Solar Homestead exemplifies this facet of sustainable design better than most.  A half-bath, outdoor shower and outdoor kitchen can be

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Empowerhouse Takes First Place in Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Empowerhouse Takes First Place in Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

One of the most common arguments against building energy-efficient homes is that the upfront costs are just too high, but this year's Solar Decathlon competition is telling another story. For the first

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Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House Wins Communications Contest!

Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House Wins Communications Contest!

The familiar shape of Middlebury's home was inspired by New England farmhouses that are ubiquitous throughout the school's home state of Vermont. The gable shape looks decidedly traditional, but the

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Vote For Your Favorite House in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Vote For Your Favorite House in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The DOE & the Solar Decathlon are also running their own People's Choice Award for the first time ever, so you should definitely go check it out and vote! Read on for a look at each of these amazing

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Team Canada’s TRTL Solar Decathlon House is a Modern Take on a Native American Home

Team Canada’s TRTL Solar Decathlon House is a Modern Take on a Native American Home

Building on the importance of family and community gathering, the open plan TRTL house features a flexible dining and living area that fosters family relationships. The two bedroom home can be assembled

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Team New Zealand’s First Light House Wins the Engineering Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Zealand’s First Light House Wins the Engineering Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

We've been sitting on the edges of our seats all day, anxiously awaiting today's Engineering Contest results at the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The results were just announced, and we're happy to report that

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SCI-Arc & Caltech’s Solar Decathlon CHIP House is a Crazy Inside-Out Prefab

SCI-Arc & Caltech’s Solar Decathlon CHIP House is a Crazy Inside-Out Prefab

Currently ranking in at number 8, the net zero prefab heralds a new generation of high-tech solar powered housing. The CHIP (which stands for “Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype”) impressed us with its

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University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

Before one even enters the Watershed house the lush green native landscaping and natural siding stand out. The University of Maryland architecture students made a conscious effort to source local plants

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Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Rises to First Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Rises to First Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The two-bedroom house is a cute little bungalow with an inviting front porch and a tract home-like façade -- a characteristic that, we'll admit, had us brushing the house off at first. Inside, the

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Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

The furniture in the Unit 6 Unplugged house reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which originated in England in the late 19th century and was spread worldwide by architects and

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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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