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Solar Decathlon 2013: Stanford

Designed for "young Palo Alto couples," the Start.Home from Stanford University starts with a "CORE module" containing all the house's mechanical and control equipment. The house's prefab design enables additional various other modules, including the...

Solar Decathlon 2013: SCIArc-Caltech

Back for another partnership, the Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology follow up on their 2011 home "CHIP" with this year's entry, the Dynamic Augmented Living Environment (DALE), a critique on McMansions...

Solar Decathlon 2013: Schneider Electric's Chris Curtis

We caught up with Schneider Electric's Chris Curtis at the opening reception of the Solar Decathlon about his company's support for the event, and how he's seen the Decathlon evolve: from how to actually build solar and energy-efficient housing, to creating...

Solar Decathlon 2013: Czech Technical University

Take a tour with us through the Czech Technical University's AIR house (Affordable, Innovative, and Recyclable), with design inspired by 50-plus-year-old empty nesters nearing retirement. A minimum interior living area is balanced by a generous outdoor...

Solar Decathlon 2013: UTEP

The ADAPT house from the U. of Texas-El Paso and El Paso Community College "honors the myriad cultures present in Far West Texas" with "flexibility, utility, and high efficiency in a new suburban environment." The radiant heating system pipes cool hot...

Solar Decathlon 2013: Missouri S&T

The Missouri University of Science and Technology's Chameleon House envisions residents that are "young and technically savvy." The solar PV system is optimized for flat roofs. A tenK "wave" PV system has monocrystalline panels with reflectors on the...

Solar Decathlon 2013: Austria

Team Austria's Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation (LISI) from the Vienna U. of Technology is an atrium-style house typical for Austria, envisioned as a sustainable urban cottage or a contemporary chalet for mountain and lake resorts. The open space...

Solar Decathlon 2013: UNCC

UrbanEden from the U. of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC) went a different direction than most of the other Solar Decathlon houses, designing their house specifically for an indoor/outdoor urban living environment, inspired by its home city's own urban...

Solar Decathlon 2013: USC

fluxHome from the U. of Southern California takes aim at suburban tract homes of southern California and the region's diverse microclimates. Large windows and skylights can be moved to regulate the living environment. Vertical gardens and living walls...

Solar Decathlon 2013: Kentucky-Indiana

The Phoenix House from the combined "Team Kentuckiana" -- the University of Louisville, Ball State University, and the University of Kentucky -- represents another very specific inspiration and application: it's a low-cost solar-powered house designed...

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