Stunning Net-Zero Energy Homes of 2011

The biennial Solar Decathlon finished today and teams will begin the grunt work of taking their homes back or sending them off if the homes were acquired.  As we’ve done in the past, here’s a short roundup of all 19 Solar Decathlon homes for 2011.  The competition fosters the design, build, and operation of net-zero energy homes that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  Maryland won the entire competition, and Appalachian State was given the People’s Choice Award

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 Massachusetts (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 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


[+] Check out the Solar Decathlon 2011 models.
[+] Check out the Solar Decathlon 2011 renderings.

*University of Hawaii has withdrawn from competition.

Credit: Jim Tetro/U.S. DOE.


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  • Mark

    Awesome stuff. I was just thinking of going solar on my house and swimming pool. I think it would be a great investment into my future as well as my childrens. Love the post.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6SALZHP3OCMZO6QNNXQBNP3SU thetis2retic…

    We should be bulldozing entire neighbourhoods to build this sort of housing.  Lets start with Detroit, it’s mostly torn down already.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6SALZHP3OCMZO6QNNXQBNP3SU thetis2retic…

    We should be bulldozing entire neighbourhoods to build this sort of housing.  Lets start with Detroit, it’s mostly torn down already.

    • http://twitter.com/OkUncut Oklahoma UnCut

      how about we just reto fix the current homes it will save trees and landfill space and money any home can be fix with solar and wind and geothermal

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6SALZHP3OCMZO6QNNXQBNP3SU thetis2retic…

    We should be bulldozing entire neighbourhoods to build this sort of housing.  Lets start with Detroit, it’s mostly torn down already.

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