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Update: Solar Decathlon 2011

Solar Decathlon 2011
Solar Decathlon 2011

For years, we’ve kept a watchful eye on the entries of the Solar Decathlon competition -an amazing student collaborative effort which showcases the latest in sustainable design.  Today, we’re bringing you a sneak peak of the 19 houses for the 2011 competition.  The form and materiality may be different from one team to the next, yet the projects’ attitudes toward optimizing solar gain and having the design serve an educational example of clean energy is all the same.  While the winner of the competition best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency, we enjoy seeing each team’s proposal and learning about their process.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing more information about some of the projects of the 2011 competition (check out our in-depth look at Team New Jersey’s eNJoy House).  Which would you like to learn more about?

Check out a sampling of the teams’ models and renderings after the break and let us know which you’d like to learn more about.

Credits: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Unit 6 Unplugged / Virginia
Unit 6 Unplugged / Virginia
Living Light / Tennessee
Living Light / Tennessee
CHIP / SCI-ARC + CALTECH
CHIP / SCI-ARC + CALTECH
INhome / Purdue
INhome / Purdue
Empowerhouse / Parsons + Stevens
Empowerhouse / Parsons + Stevens
enCORE / Ohio
enCORE / Ohio
First Light / New Zealand
First Light / New Zealand
Solar Roofpod / New York
Solar Roofpod / New York
eNJoy House / New Jersey
eNJoy House / New Jersey
Self Reliance / Middlebury
Self Reliance / Middlebury
4D Home / Massachusetts
4D Home / Massachusetts
WaterShed / Maryland
WaterShed / Maryland
Re_home / Illinois
Re_home / Illinois
perFORMDance House / Florida
perFORMDance House / Florida
Flex House / Florida
Flex House / Florida
Y-Container / China
Y-Container / China
Technological Residence, Traditional Living / Canada
Technological Residence, Traditional Living / Canada
E-Cube / Belgium
E-Cube / Belgium
The Solar Homestead / Appalachian State University
The Solar Homestead / Appalachian State University

Cite:Karen Cilento. "Update: Solar Decathlon 2011" 30 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/164749/update-solar-decathlon-2011/>