Solar Decathlon

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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

The high-tech shelter is designed to provide a sustainable source of vital resources on-site. Four hydraulic legs quickly stabilize the structure on rugged terrain, and an outer wall rises to create a

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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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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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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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EDV-01: Robotic Emergency Shelter is Entirely Self-Sufficient

EDV-01: Robotic Emergency Shelter is Entirely Self-Sufficient

Japan just unveiled the future of emergency housing in the form of the Emergency Disaster Vehicle, or EDV-01. The innovative design is fully-automated, capable of automatically doubling its size, and can

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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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2011 Solar Decathlon Home Will End Up In D.C. Community

2011 Solar Decathlon Home Will End Up In D.C. Community

At the end of the US Solar Decathlon competition next year, one of the entries will move on to its final home in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington D.C. The Empowerhouse is a net-zero home designed

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Rain Barrel Art Raises Water Awareness in Chicago

Rain Barrel Art Raises Water Awareness in Chicago

A collection of artfully-decorated rain barrels landed at the Chicago Center for Green Technology after traveling to different eco events around the city last year. Named Recycle the Raindrops, the

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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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German IKAROS House Takes the Lead at Solar Decathlon!

German IKAROS House Takes the Lead at Solar Decathlon!

If you've been reading Inhabitat, you know we've been following the European Solar Decathlon as intensely as much of the world is following the World Cup right now. With just one day left until winners

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The LOW3 House Brings Affordable Sustainability to the Solar Decathlon

The LOW3 House Brings Affordable Sustainability to the Solar Decathlon

The LOW3 combines passive solar architecture with bioclimatic optimization to minimize the house's energy demand. The team chose to use building integrated solar panels (BIPVs) on the roof and sides of

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