Tour Innovative Homes at the Solar Decathlon

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decathlonIn this exciting event, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, 20 college and university teams compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive and efficient solar-powered house.  The homes are solely powered by the sun and are prime examples of the latest renewable energy technologies and artful design.  They will be displayed on the National Mall and are open for touring by the public from October 9-18 (closed Oct. 14 for judging).

Preparing for nearly two years, college teams from around the world, will soon showcase their 800-square foot homes.  These high-tech homes will feature lighting, temperature control, electricity production, and water heating — all powered by photovoltaics and solar thermal systems.

Judging will be based upon the following criteria:  architecture, market viability, engineering, light design, communications, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and net metering.

Learn more here and view photos from the 2007 Solar Decathlon.

Tag(s): Education, Energy, Events, Green Building

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