Solar Decathlon

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Students from the Catholic University of America, George Washington University and American University have been working long and hard on their net-zero home to compete in this year's Solar Decathlon.

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6 Uber Cool Passivhaus Designs from Around the World!

6 Uber Cool Passivhaus Designs from Around the World!

Stunning FabLab Passive House at Europe’s Solar Decathlon Chalkboard-Skinned Belgian Passivhaus is a Playground for Kids JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden Tower Awe-Inspiring

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Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel's "All [e] Land" home is a net zero prefab that blends Israel's traditional building techniques with new technologies and sustainability. The design is based on a Mediterranean “4 Room

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Etho House: A Net-Zero Home Designed to Get Chinese Families Out of the Crowded City

Etho House: A Net-Zero Home Designed to Get Chinese Families Out of the Crowded City

China's Solar Decathlon presents a different set of challenges than those faced by students working inside the U.S. To achieve the proper perspective, members of the UIUC team traveled to China several

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Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way

Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way

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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Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Empowerhouse Habitat for Humanity Washington, D.C. The first Passive House in the District of Columbia, the Empowerhouse won first place in the affordability category of the U.S. Department of

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Former Solar Decathlon Entries Form an Experimental Off-the-Grid Village in Missouri

Former Solar Decathlon Entries Form an Experimental Off-the-Grid Village in Missouri

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is putting its old entries to the Solar Decathlon to good use by making a model Solar Village. Four solar homes from past competitions are being reused in

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Solar Decathlon Teams Visit Orange County, California in Preparation for 2013 Competition

Solar Decathlon Teams Visit Orange County, California in Preparation for 2013 Competition

Sunny Southern California is set to break out the photovoltaic panels as the U.S. Department of Energy prepares to host the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Orange County, CA. This marks the first time in history

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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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French Student Team Rhône-Alpes Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe With Canopea House!

French Student Team Rhône-Alpes Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe With Canopea House!

The top six homes in the final results of the 2012 European Solar Decathlon are: 1. Canopea House by Team Rhône-Alpes 2. Patio 2.12 by Team Andalucia 3. MED in Italy by Team Italy 4. ECOLAR by Team

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Team Andalucian’s Patio 2.12 House Places First in Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Team Andalucian’s Patio 2.12 House Places First in Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Four Andalucian Universities used their combined talents to design and construct the Patio 2.12 entry for the European Solar Decathlon. The delightful courtyard at its center creates a very relaxing and

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CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

Utilizing the combined power of a couple of efficient photovoltaic panels and bicycles employed as dynamos, the Ciclalab team provided the crowds with music and entertainment all weekend. Both the panels

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Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Team Brasil chose wood as the main construction materials for their solar-powered Ekó House since these are more readily available in their home country and because they help to raise awareness of the

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