Solar Decathlon 2011

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The CH:IP House from S. Cal Institute of Tech & CIT

UPDATE: The 2011 Solar Decathlon has taken place.  See the lovely CH:IP House in the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  The team tied for 1st place in Energy Balance and Hot Water, received 2nd in Engineering and Home Entertainment and 3rd in the category of Affordability, costing $262,500 to build. – The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California […]

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The New Location for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

The new location for the 2011 Solar Decathlon was announced today. The Solar Decathlon community was initially crestfallen when the news was first released in January 2011 that the Solar Decathlon would no longer be held on the National Mall. It seems that a suitable alternative location has been found.  It will be located on […]

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The emPowerhouse Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology

emPowerhouse, a joint venture between Parsons, The New School for Design, NY, NY and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey – Can I say how much fun I’m having looking at these various houses, seeing the progression of creativity and ingenuity infused within all of the projects? The emPowerhouse project is one that […]

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Self-Reliance from Middlebury College

Self-Reliance from Middlebury College

Self Reliance from Middlebury College, Vermont – Building upon and modernizing the framework of the former New England farmhouse, the 2011 Solar Decathlon Team from Middlebury College is building a house called Self Reliance.  Its design integrates traditional aesthetics with modern and efficient methods. A traditional-looking house, the southern facing side of the house will […]

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The IN Home from Purdue University

The IN Home from Purdue University

UPDATE: See the lovely INHome built for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  It looked like the All-American home, with a garage and biowall.  The following is a review of the model. The team from Purdue University based in Indiana is creating a house for the 2011 Solar Decathlon called the IN Home.  It will use both […]

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The Y-Box from Tongji University

Tongji University, Shanghai, China Using recycled metallic shipping containers, the team from Tongji University is creating a uniquely shaped three-pronged house called the Y-Box. A shared, main living area is located in the middle of the building where the three shapes converge. This type of a living arrangement would adhere to the ideal patterns of […]

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The 4D Home from Team Massachusetts

Massachusetts College of Art & Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell – The team from Massachusetts is working to create their 2011 Solar Decathlon entry, called the 4-D Home, by combining a New England style of architecture within a different formation. They have seemingly combined three different buildings to create one. ***Since writing […]

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Living Light: The University of Tennessee

UPDATE: See the sleek Living Light solar home during the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The following is a review of the model written prior to the competition. – The Solar Decathlon team from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has designed a potentially ideal passive solar house.  Called Living Light, if this long rectangular shaped house is placed […]

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The Solar Homestead from Appalachian State

UPDATE: See the Solar Homestead in the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  The Appalachian State team won the People’s Choice award and finished 12th overall. What follows is a conceptual model of a competition house entered in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon challenges university teams from around the world to create efficient, useful, attractive, zero-energy, […]

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PerFORM[D]ance House from Florida International University

UPDATE: See the PerFORM[D]ance house at the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  The team came up with an innovative way to incorporate shading and hurricane protection.  The initial review of the model follows below. Florida International University based in Miami, Florida, has designed a square solar house for the 2011 Solar Decathlon that can potentially dance as the […]