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20 Solar Decathlon Designs for 2011

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?

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Eco Modern Home on the Columbia River

This is the Vancouver Airport Home, or the Hotchkiss Residence, located along the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.  It was designed by Rick Berry of Scott Edwards Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand for retired couple in need of a single-level, one-bedroom abode.  The owners have lived on the site for 40 years and the existing structure was recycled prior to building this one.

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Week’nder Prefab Concept on an Island

This is the Week’nder by Lazor Office, the architecture studio that brought us the FlatPak house. It was installed on Madeline Island last summer after a short ferry trip across Lake Superior.  The Week’nder includes extensive glass area and operable windows, sustainably harvested wood framing, steel and pine siding, galvanized steel roofing, and a compact footprint.  View more detail and photos below:

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Popomo is a Simple Modern Tiny House

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, a purveyor of tiny homes, workshops, books, and plans, is promoting the Popomo design pictured this month.  This is one of the company’s easiest homes to build, according to Tumbleweed, and it’s also one of the few modern plans they have available.  Popomo has a basic kitchen, wet bath, tiny bedroom, propane fireplace, steel exterior, and a total of about 144 square feet.  Plans are discounted through the end of July, if you’re looking for a new building adventure.

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Prefab ADU Think Tank Built in Savannah

This is a prefab design by Phoenix-based ASUL — which stands for adaptable system for universal living — and CSCP Consult in Savannah, Georgia. The tiny accessory dwelling unit has a 16′ x 20′ interior and is used by CSCP Consult as a “Think Tank,” or office, library, and study. The ADU, as shown below, is adjacent to a restored mid-century modern home and rests on 6-foot stilts to comply with FEMA flood zone requirements.

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Energy-Efficient Home Remodel in Seattle

This is The Sentinel, a home that went through an efficiency renovation in Seattle.  The work was performed by Seattle-based Green Canopy Homes which takes existing homes in walkable neighborhoods and transforms them with high-performance upgrades and a touch of community design.  They all carry an Energy Performance Score and Built Green certification, and many of them have some geeky features like real-time energy monitoring, a digital homeowner’s manual, and on-site solar power.

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