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The Best of the Solar Decathlon

The Best of the Solar Decathlon

Spanning over two years of work, architecture and engineering schools pooled their best and brightest to build efficient solar houses in the Solar Decathlon.

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Utilizing Urban Roof Space for Efficient Living

Utilizing Urban Roof Space for Efficient Living

The City College of New York contributed an innovative way to utilize the underrated, yet valuable space of NYC’s roof tops.

Imagine the views!

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A Civic-Minded and Efficient Solar House

A Civic-Minded and Efficient Solar House

Teaming up to create an admirable civic effort, the Parsons New School for Design and the Stevens Institute of Technology built a home called the emPowerHouse for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.

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The Solar Decathlon Home from Ohio State

The Solar Decathlon Home from Ohio State

The Solar Decathlon team from Ohio State created a home called enCORE. I was interested as to how this house would turn out, as the original model had a roofline that funneled the rain water into the middle of the house to be filtered and reused.

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A Modern Solar House for Sunny Florida

A Modern Solar House for Sunny Florida

Homes ideally should be designed and built to be efficient within the climate that the home is in. The relatively warm, sunny Florida climate fostered the design of the Flex House so that it can be passively cooled.

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A Snap Together – Plug and Play Solar House

A Snap Together – Plug and Play Solar House

Ghent University presented an innovative idea to create a home that could be easily transported and assembled by a homeowner for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.

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A Poetic Net-Zero Solar Home for Hurricane Season

A Poetic Net-Zero Solar Home for Hurricane Season

One of the most poetic entries in the 2011 Solar Decathlon, the perFORM[D]ance House. It also won 1st place in the Energy Balance category, producing as much or more energy than it needs.

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A Modular Solar Envelope House

A Modular Solar Envelope House

Old Dominion University and Hampton University joined forces to build a Solar Decathlon house called Unit 6 for the 2011 competition. Their goal was to create a solar net-zero energy house…

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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.

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An Efficient Modular Passive House for Disaster Areas

An Efficient Modular Passive House for Disaster Areas

The idea behind this home is that it can be trucked into disaster areas to provide rapid housing.

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