Under 1000 Sq. feet

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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 Active & Passive Solar Home Inspired by Emerson

An Active & Passive Solar Home Inspired by Emerson

The team from Middlebury College built a passive and active solar home was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Called Self-Reliance it performed well and was awarded 1st place in the Market Appeal competition.

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The Ultimate Net-Zero Beach House: The Kiwi Bach

The Ultimate Net-Zero Beach House: The Kiwi Bach

Called ‘”First Light” and lovingly referred to a “Bach” – pronounced (batch), the beach house won the Engineering and Energy Balance contests and clenched a podium finish as 3rd overall.

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A Modernized Solar Homestead

A Modernized Solar Homestead

Ever wanted to escape from it all, yet have the comforts of modern living? Appalachian State University built a house that has the best outdoor living space in the Solar Decathlon.

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New Technology Combined with the Traditional American Look, the Solar INHome

New Technology Combined with the Traditional American Look, the Solar INHome

Purdue University designed and built a house, complete with clerestory windows, garage and a self-watering biowall.

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House with Cylindrical Solar Panels and Ingenious Compact Design

House with Cylindrical Solar Panels and Ingenious Compact Design

The University of Tennessee built a long, rectangular building for their net-zero entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  The ingenuity of design can sometimes be subtle and easily overlooked in its seamless presentation.  Inspired by the cantilever barn from Tennessee’s Appalachian history, the long rectangular building features mechanical cores at both ends, with compact and […]

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A Modernist, Sleek, Concrete Active & Passive Solar Home

A Modernist, Sleek, Concrete Active & Passive Solar Home

Built by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology for the 2011 Solar Decathlon, the home comfortably inhabits the seemingly contradictory extremes of lightness and strength, practicality and sparse modernity.  Perhaps it’s the aesthetics of the ‘floating roof’, a transparent band of glass that seemingly supports the roof. […]

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Using Strawbale, Adobe and Recycled Rubble to Rebuild in Haiti

Using Strawbale, Adobe and Recycled Rubble to Rebuild in Haiti

After the devastating earthquakes in Haiti, many people and organizations went to Haiti to help with the rebuilding of the country.  This strawbale home was built by Builders Without Borders using techniques that utilized both natural materials, mainly in the form of strawbale and adobe mud plasters, as well as other resources that were readily available. […]