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Going Green at the Great Park: Solar Decathlon 2013

Posted on by Lauren Moss

For the first time since its inception in 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon is being held at a location other than the mall in Washington D.C., and we're looking forward to welcoming the biennial event to the West Coast this fall. 

SHADE | Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico

SHADE | Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico

The competition challenges collegiate teams to 'design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive', and the twenty projects featured this year do just that by showcasing innovative green building technologies, products and strategies that visitors can incorporate into their own homes.
With only a few more weeks until the Decathlon Village is officially open, we thought we'd take a look at a selection of early favorites. 

DALE house | Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology  

DALE house | Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology

 

AIR House | Czech Technical University

AIR House | Czech Technical University

Borealis | University of Calgary

Borealis | University of Calgary

'The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.' (DOE)

SHADE | Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico

SHADE | Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico

fluxHome | University of Southern California

fluxHome | University of Southern California

DesertSol House | University of Nevada Las Vegas

DesertSol House | University of Nevada Las Vegas

LISI | Vienna University of Technology, Austria

LISI | Vienna University of Technology, Austria

We look forward to touring the actual homes when they open to the public in mid-October, so keep an eye out for another update in the coming weeks.
Until then, view more renderings on Flickr or click through any of the images above for project-specific links and information. Also, stop by the official website for event details and how to visit.

Tidewater Virginia: Hampton University and Old Dominion University (withdrawn)

Tidewater Virginia: Hampton University and Old Dominion University (withdrawn)

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