Gallery: Team Tidewater’s Solar Decathlon Unit 6 is an Efficient Protot...

One of the most amazing parts of the Solar Decathlon entries this year is how the teams are going above and beyond to design solutions that are more than just homes. Team Tidewater Virginia, who draws member from Old Dominion University and Hampton University, have designed a prototype home to test theories and systems for what will eventually become affordable, multi-family residences. The core mechanical systems are housed in a small room next to the house, which relies on solar photovoltaic, solar hot water and a strong dose of solar passive design. Although Unit 6 is a modular house with traditional architecture written all over it, expect it to be a strong contender given its use of smart systems, rainwater collection and greywater recycling.

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