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 —

Florida International University
perFORM[D]ance House —

Middlebury College
Self-Reliance —

New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington
First Light —

The Ohio State University
enCORE —

Parsons and Stevens Institute of Technology
Empowerhouse —

Purdue University
INhome —


Team Belgium: Ghent University
E-Cube —

Canada: University of Calgary
Technological Residence, Traditional Living (TRTL) —

Team China: Tongji University
Y Container —

Team Florida (USF, FSU, UCF, and UF)
Flex House —

Team Massachusett (MassArt, Umass Lowell)
4D Home —

Team New Jersey (Rutgers, NJIT)
ENJOY House —

Team New York (The City College of New York)
Solar Roofpod —

Tidewater Virginia (ODU, Hampton U)
Unit 6 Unplugged —

University of Hawaii (withdrawn)
Hale Pilihonua —

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Re_home —

University of Maryland
WaterShed —

The University of Tennessee
Living Light: UT Solar Decathlon House —

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

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