Solar Decathlon 2011

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A Solar Powered Modular Home After Disaster Strikes

A Solar Powered Modular Home After Disaster Strikes

The University of Illinois is building the Re_home for their entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  The Re_home is one that can be deployed as a “sustainable disaster relief solution” to be built quickly and provide housing for people living in communities that have been affected by natural disaster.     This type of housing […]

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Watershed: A Solar and Water Harvesting Home

Watershed: A Solar and Water Harvesting Home

UPDATE: See the Watershed home in all its glory at the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  This home placed 1st in the Solar Decathlon, also winning the Architecture category along the way.  The original review of the model follows below. – For the upcoming 2011 Solar Decathlon, the team from the University of Maryland, College Park, is striving […]

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Team New Jersey’s Concrete Passive Solar “eNJoy” Home

Team New Jersey’s Concrete Passive Solar “eNJoy” Home

UPDATE: See the ENJOY house built for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  The following is a review of the model. Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology team up for their 2011 Solar Decathlon entry called “eNJoy!” The New Jersey team is using precast concrete as their main building material for their Solar Decathlon beach […]

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The 10 Contest Categories for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

The 10 Contest Categories for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon university teams will be travelling to Washington D.C. this fall to construct their solar efficient homes for the competition and to display their projects to the public. The Solar Decathlon will take place from September 23 through October 2, 2011 in Washington D.C. Homes will be measured for efficiency and judged on […]

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CCNY’s Team Prepares for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

CCNY’s Team Prepares for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

As the summer approaches and students across the country prepare to leave university campuses for the summer break, Solar Decathlon team members are doing the opposite…

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Hale Pilihonua, A Sustainable and Floatable Home

The University of Hawaii, Honolulu, is creating a sustainable and efficient house that is well suited for tropical regions for this year’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. The Hale Pilihonua has lofty and noble ambitions, especially when creating a house that combines state of the art efficiency, while remaining affordable and attainable for middle income home buyers. […]

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The University of Calgary’s Solar Decathlon Model, TRTL

The University of Calgary’s Solar Decathlon Model, TRTL

In contrast to some of the Solar Decathlon entrants with sharp angles, the University of Calgary is creating a house that has the smooth shape of a curved dome.

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The Flex House from Team Florida

Four Florida Universities are working together to create and present the Flex House for the upcoming 2011 Solar Decathlon. Team Florida is comprised of Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. Because the house is being designed and built for the hot and humid […]

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Unit 6 Unplugged from Old Dominion and Hampton University

UPDATE: See Team Tidewater’s house in the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  The team used innovative phase-change materials to increase the thermal mass in the sun porch. Team Tidewater, representing Old Dominion University and Hampton University from Virginia, is creating an innovative, efficient building that incorporates aesthetics and innovation for their entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon. […]

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First Light, from the University of Wellington (NZ)

UPDATE:  The Decathlon has taken place since the review of the model was written below.  See the First Light in the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  The team from Wellington U. won the Engineering and Energy Balance contests and clenched a podium finish as 3rd overall.  Not bad for their first Solar Decathlon effort. – The University […]