2011 solar decathlon

Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

From the very beginning, the Empowerhouse was planned to be more than just an entry for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Designed and built by a student group from Parsons The New School for Design , Stevens

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INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Here at Inhabitat we're suckers for the Solar Decathlon -- the biennial design/build competition in which university design teams from all around the globe battle it out on the National Mall in Washington

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VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

If you're anything like us, you've been having Solar Decathlon withdrawal since the biennial design-build competition ended at the beginning of the month. We're still buzzing with excitement from the

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Team Florida’s Solar Decathlon FLeX House Harnesses Passive Design to Keep its Cool in Hot Climates

Team Florida’s Solar Decathlon FLeX House Harnesses Passive Design to Keep its Cool in Hot Climates

The FLeX House is a carefully considered design for hot, humid climates that creates a comfortable, efficient interior environment through the use of photovoltaics, passive design, and shading techniques.

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Team China Fuses High & Low Tech With The Y Container Solar Decathlon House

Team China Fuses High & Low Tech With The Y Container Solar Decathlon House

Tonji University is no stranger to the Decathlon -- their Bambu House turned a lot of heads last year in Barcelona with an aggressive bamboo façade and structure. This year the team is using common

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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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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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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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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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Florida International University’s Solar Decathlon Entry is a Beautiful Beach Bungalow

Florida International University’s Solar Decathlon Entry is a Beautiful Beach Bungalow

Inspired by Paul Rudolph's Cocoon House, the perFORM[D]ance home is an expansive, single-story layout with wall-to-ceiling windows that add light and open space into the design. The windows not only

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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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SOLAR DECATHLON: Team Massachusetts Takes a Passive Approach with their 4D Home

SOLAR DECATHLON: Team Massachusetts Takes a Passive Approach with their 4D Home

The home is constructed of fiber cement and wood-clad windows. Since the passive windows and walls are built to collect, store, and distribute solar heat in the winter and reject it in the summer

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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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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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