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West Virginia University Builds PEAK

West Virginia University Builds PEAK

Inspired by Appalachian living, the PEAK home from West Virginia University has some nice passive solar features.

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UrbanEden Built by UNC

UrbanEden Built by UNC

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte built a beautiful concrete and glass high-performing home for this year’s Solar Decathlon.

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ASUNM Creates SHADE

ASUNM Creates SHADE

Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico teamed up to build SHADE, which stands for Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium.

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Missouri Designs the Chameleon House

Missouri Designs the Chameleon House

Missouri University of Science and Technology designed a house that can adapt to its changing environment. They received 1st place in Energy Balance, creating more energy than the house used. This house had smart passive solar features…

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SCI-Arc & Caltech Forge DALE

SCI-Arc & Caltech Forge DALE

The combined team of Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology forged DALE, the Dynamic Augmented Living Environment. This team creates ingenious homes that shine in brilliant creativity.

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Middlebury College Designs InSite

Middlebury College Designs InSite

Middlebury College returns to the 2013 Solar Decathlon after participating in the 2011 Solar Decathlon with Self-Reliance.

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Passive and Active Solar Retrofit on a Traditional Adobe

Passive and Active Solar Retrofit on a Traditional Adobe

An older adobe home was transformed to become an efficient, modern house with a south facing sun room and a south facing two-story Trombe wall.

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An Efficient Off-Grid Solar Electricity System

An Efficient Off-Grid Solar Electricity System

The freedoms of living off-the-grid can be rewarding as well as comfortable. This article focuses on the electrical and active solar systems that augment the efficiency…

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An Optimally Efficient Off-Grid Passive and Active Solar Home

An Optimally Efficient Off-Grid Passive and Active Solar Home

This off-grid, owner-designed and built house is one of the most impressive passive and active solar combinations I’ve seen. Located at an elevation of 9,000 feet…

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Modernist Living in the Net-Zero CHIP House

Modernist Living in the Net-Zero CHIP House

One of the most creative entries into the 2011 Solar Decathlon was the collaborative brainchild from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the California Institute of Technology.