Solar Decathlon Contest
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.
The Solar Decathlon Europe (SD Europe) 2010 was created through an agreement signed between the Government of Spain's Ministry of Housing and the United States Government, who committed to organize a sustainable solar architecture competition in Europe.
Some Solar Decathlon Teams
Santa Clara University (SD 2007)
From our fully retractable Nana Wall to our exposed bamboo I-beams to the mission-influenced lighting fixtures, the SCU home embodies the unique spirit of California - its historical missions and fresh outdoorsy spirit - while implementing a state-of-the-art solar array that maintains the look and feel of a traditional home.
University of Florida
The houses design includes elements from historic Florida houses for a back-to-basics approach to energy conservation. The design strategy combines technological advances with the poetic sensibility and humble celebration of utility of our local building traditions.
Zerow House, a 520 square foot zero energy home, the house is run completely off of solar power generated on site, through the use of a photovoltaic array and solar hot water system that collects solar energy.
Virginia Tech – Lumenhaus (SD 2010)
LUMENHAUS is a zero-energy home that is completely powered by the sun. Other sustainable features include the use of passive energy systems, radiant heating and building materials that are from renewable and/or recyclable sources.
Univ. of Minnesota (SD 2009)
The ICON Solar House is rooted in the familiar shape of an American family home. We have modified the traditional roof line to create a solar gable form with the appropriate angles and surface area for solar collection in Minnesota.
MIT Solar 7 Team
The MIT solar home must appeal to a large segment of the US population both aesthetically and practically. We seek to design a house that integrates passive thermal technologies with active controls and solar collectors in order to control the energy flows to and from the house with a minimum of resident intervention.
Appalachian State University
A zero energy home which remains true to the pioneer spirit by integrating renewable resources and innovative technology into a project that is adaptable, self-sufficient, rugged, affordable, and attractive.
Florida International University
PerformDance House - Designed as an open pavilion with operable louvers to adapt to climate changes.
We propose to design and build a house for the Vermont climate that combines the best aspects of a traditional New England farmhouse with the efficient technologies of today. New England farmhouses embody the spirit of self-reliance.
SML House (SD 2010) - The dwelling is primarily characterized by its modularity, prefabrication and energetic efficiency. The house is rigorous, yet flexible in its composition, due to the time spent reflecting on prefabricated modules that can be configured and incorporated at the petition of the user.
Armadillo Box (SD 2010) - The word "armadillo" stems from Spanish and literally means "little one in armor" in reference to its armor. The armadillo is an animal that adapts to the hot climates thanks to its slow metabolism which produces very little heat.
Home+ - The volume of this house is divided into modules which can be rearranged. The modules are installed with some gaps in between which are used for lighting, ventilation, heating in winter and passive cooling in summer. Simulations show that after a year not only the power needs of the building will be covered, but there will be even additional energy to feed in to the net. This way the building will be a "plus energy" house.
Luukku House - The Luukku house aims to embody a long tradition of Finnish timber house construction.
FabLab House - The Fab Lab House uses the resources of its environment sun, water and wind to create a microclimate that passively optimizes the basic conditions of habitability.