Leading the pack of do-gooders, the Parsons New School and Stevens Insitute team has bigger plans for their Empowerhouse than just the Solar Decathlon. Having tied for first in affordability, the prefab home will eventually get rolled into a Habitat for Humanity project in a nearby neighborhood in Washington DC.
Although Purdue’s INhome is traditional looking on the outside, its interior hosts an array of cutting edge green building technologies. Super energy-efficient design, SIP construction, and a carefully integrated solar system on the roof are all part of the strategy to make this sustainable design appeal to the mass market.
Stunning architecture combined with super conscious water design sets the University of Maryland’s Watershed house apart from the rest. Lush landscaping, an integrated wetlands, and a green roof all help to manage storm water, while water-efficient design inside minimizes H2O use.
Designed and built with Native Canadians in mind, Team Canada’s TRTL house is a modular solar home inspired by the teepee. With a floor plan centered around large family gatherings, low maintenance, and durability, the dome-like house could be the answer to home ownership for many Native Canadians in southern Alberta.