Solar Decathlon 2011

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Every two years, collegiate teams compete to win a unique home contest: whose team can build a house that is completely solar powered, affordable and attractive to boot? Check out our coverage of the 2011 Solar Decathlon, including coverage from the students of team #THINKFWD and universities around the country.

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How do we compliment the past, but also look towards a much needed sustainable future? It all comes back to taking advantage of sunlight. With a design based on universal design principles, ENJOY provides ample space for day-to-day comfort amidst a... Read More
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Living Light's solar house balances technology and modern design features with regional history and landscape to be of value to eco-conscious residents. The house caters to the needs of the planet and a growing population, using the sun's energy to... Read More
Appalachian State University
Home has never felt quite like, well, home, as it does in Appalachian State's Solar Decathlon entry. The Solar Homestead melds Appalachian culture with modern technology for maximum use of the sun's energy, focusing on heat capture and bifacial... Read More
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Take a tour of the Living Light house, the University of Tennessee's submission for the Solar Decathlon 2011. The home, inspired by a long history of efficient design strategies in our area, combines performance and aesthetics to create a livable,... Read More
Ohio State University’s enCORE strives for spatial efficiency in a 970 square foot, 3-person family home that features 2 bedrooms and an office. This video introduces the systems and strategies that run this prototype for the new sustainable and... Read More
We need to rethink the way that people live, redesigning the traditional family home to be much more sustainable in all aspects. Ohio State's enCORE is the university's second entry into the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The team is... Read More
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The University of Tennessee’s Living Light house is engineered with an innovative design that maximizes visibility and natural light without sacrificing efficiency. Energy savings are realized by the owners as they interface with the Living Light... Read More
Old Dominion University and Hampton University
Members of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council stopped by the site for a tour of the Unit 6. When the houses are in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, members of each team will give tours to the general... Read More
Old Dominion University and Hampton University
In May, the modules of the Unit 6 were delivered and assembled on campus at Old Dominion University. Since then, the members of Team Tidewater Virginia have been working every day on the construction of the house. At the end of August, the completed... Read More
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington is the first team from the southern hemisphere to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. The team has made this video walk through of the First Light house - take a tour through... Read More

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