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VIDEO: DOE’s Solar Decathlon Design Competition Kicks Off in Washington DC
Posted By Brit Liggett On October 3, 2011 @ 11:15 pm In Architecture,Interviews,Prefab Housing | 4 Comments
The 2011 Solar Decathalon  student design-build competition is on and the Inhabiteam had a chance to explore the innovative solar-powered homes  that are currently duking it out at the National Mall in Washington DC . We marveled at the design students’ ingenuity and their drive to create the best prefab solar homes on the planet, showing the public that solar power can be accessible, affordable, and as architect and Solar Decathlon  judge Michelle Kaufmann said, “inspiring”. Watch our exclusive video to check out all of the striking exteriors, ingeniously designed interiors and hidden secrets — think, moving walls!
Team Massachusetts  and Team China  wowed us with their fancy sliding / movable walls while the SCI-Arc Caltech  team wooed us with their Kinect lighting and home entertainment controller. Watch the video and then check out Inhabitat’s posts from this year’s Solar Decathlon  to learn more about the individual houses.
You should also stay tuned to the Solar Decathlon website as the action unfolds daily. Yesterday Team Watershed  from Maryland jumped into first place pushing out the suburban Purdue home  that had been leading the pack all week, and now, today, Purdue  is back in first place! At this point the field is wide open, competition is fierce and we’ll be bringing you all the action here.
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 suburban Purdue home: http://inhabitat.com/team-purdues-suburban-inhome-rises-to-third-place-in-the-2011-solar-decathlon/
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