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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Can solar energy and other sustainable technologies create a new vision for affordable housing? That is the goal of the Empowerhouse Collaborative, a team of students from Parsons The New School for Design, Milano School for International Affairs,... Read More
Watch the Purdue INhome team design, build and and operate a solar-powered house that is cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Looking to keep track of Purdue's INhome Team? For... 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. They have made a series of video blogs which follow their progress in the lead up to the... Read More
WaterShed, the University of Maryland’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011, is a solar-powered home comprised of systems that interact with each other and the environment. A home that harvests, recycles, and reuses water... Read More
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand--Victoria University of Wellington is the first team from the Southern hemisphere to compete in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. They have made a series of video blogs which follow their progress in the lead up to the... Read More
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington is the first team from the Southern hemisphere to compete in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. They have made a series of video blogs which follow their progress in the lead up to the... Read More
Team Florida (USF, FSU, UF and UCF)
FLeX House is designed in a holistic way as a sustainable, pre-fabricated, maximized efficiency house prototype that can adapt easily to different site situations and plan configurations. FLeX House is a prefabricated net zero energy home prototype... Read More
Middlebury College; U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition
This video is part of a series of four videos (Walkthrough, Market Appeal, Architecture, and Engineering) submitted to the Department of Energy for the competition.
The Roofpod is designed to use underutilized rooftops, places where the sun exposure is greatest, to harness the vast potential of space and energy together.
Middlebury College; U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition
This video is part of a series of four videos (Walkthrough, Market Appeal, Architecture, and Engineering) submitted to the Department of Energy for the competition. To see the rest of the videos, visit our Planet Forward Ideas page.

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