The biennial Solar Decathlon is fast approaching as teams across the world prepare their solar-powered home for West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.  The competition is a showcase of modern, efficient homes from 20 teams held September 23 – October 2, 2011.  We’re going to start our coverage this year with a look at the models as displayed at IBS 2011 in Orlando a few months back.  Which do you want to see in real life?

Appalachian State University
The Solar Homestead — www.thesolarhomestead.com


Florida International University
perFORM[D]ance House — solardecathlon.fiu.edu


Middlebury College
Self-Reliance — solardecathlon.middlebury.edu


New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington
First Light — www.firstlighthouse.ac.nz


The Ohio State University
enCORE — solardecathlon.osu.edu


Parsons and Stevens Institute of Technology
Empowerhouse — parsit.parsons.edu


Purdue University
INhome — www.purdue.edu/inhome/


SCI-Arc/Caltech
CHIP — www.chip2011.com


Team Belgium: Ghent University
E-Cube — www.solardecathlon.ugent.be


Canada: University of Calgary
Technological Residence, Traditional Living (TRTL) — www.solardecathlon.ca


Team China: Tongji University
Y Container — solardecathlon.tongji.edu.cn


Team Florida (USF, FSU, UCF, and UF)
Flex House — www.flexhouse.org


Team Massachusett (MassArt, Umass Lowell)
4D Home — www.4dhome.us


Team New Jersey (Rutgers, NJIT)
ENJOY House — www.solarteamnewjersey.com


Team New York (The City College of New York)
Solar Roofpod — www.ccnysolardecathlon.com


Tidewater Virginia (ODU, Hampton U)
Unit 6 Unplugged — www.teamtidewaterva.org


University of Hawaii (withdrawn)
Hale Pilihonua — www.solar.hawaii.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Re_home — www.solardecathlon.illinois.edu


University of Maryland
WaterShed — 2011.solarteam.org


The University of Tennessee
Living Light: UT Solar Decathlon House — www.livinglightutk.com


[+] View all 19 renderings for Solar Decathlon 2011.

Credits: All Commercial Photography/U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon.