Solar Decathlon 2011

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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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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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Blending Native Traditions with Solar Technologies

Blending Native Traditions with Solar Technologies

The graceful curve and shape of the home was inspired by the teepee. Solar panels arc toward the sun in a home that was designed for Aboriginal peoples in Canada

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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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The Mini Ecosystem Zen House – WaterShed

The Mini Ecosystem Zen House – WaterShed

The winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon consistently led and outperformed the other houses with its smart design and intelligent integration within its engineering and living systems.

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A Modular Home Made from Recycled Shipping Containers

A Modular Home Made from Recycled Shipping Containers

While all the Solar Decathlon homes have been impressive, one that I’ve been pleasantly surprised with is the Y-Container from the Tongji University.  When I first saw the model and tried to envision a shipping container house, I thought that it would be dismally dark and a tad bit depressing.  Yet the exact opposite has […]

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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. […]