Gallery: Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Em...

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While not as edgy as some of its competitors, the Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House designed by students from Old Dominion University and Hampton University took a very different approach. The Tidewater Virginia team decided to stick to the historic ties of the Norfolk neighborhood and drew influence from the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Student project manager John Whitelaw took Inhabitat on a tour of the quarters - read on for an exclusive first look!

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  1. Harry von Feilitzsch September 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Why do you see so many European windows and doors at the Solar Decathlon exhibit? This is a question asked by many visitors. The answer is quite simple: The major American window manufacturers spend millions of lobbying dollars to prevent tighter energy regulations instead of re-designing their 1 3/4 inch sashes to accommodate energy efficient glazing. Sad but true, companies such as Henselstone Window and Door Systems have to come here and help America get energy independent.

  2. Aimee Pena September 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Like this house very much. Very practical and simple.

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