Solar Decathlon 2011

Images from the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition in Washington D.C. College teams are challenged to design and build solar-powered homes that are cost-effective, energy efficient, and attractive.

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The Solar Decathlon is an Energy Department sponsored competition that challenges college teams to design and build solar-powered homes that are cost-effective, energy efficient, and attractive.
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The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology's quilted solar home.
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The submission from New Zealand's Victoria University of Wellington.
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Appalachian State University's Solar Homestead.
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Appalaichian State offered shiny hats to their house's visitors.
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Middlebury College house's roof, with photovoltaic cells next to solar thermal tubes.
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Florida International University.
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The Chinese design featured three cargo containers with an exterior of wood.
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University of Illinois house.
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Exterior of the CUNY house.
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Belgian students from Ghent University built this one.
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From the University of Massacusetts.
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Ohio State design.
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City College of New York used bamboo plywood to decorate the interior.
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The Chinese team's bathroom from the future.
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The Canadian submission.
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The interior design of the Canadian house was guided by Native American buildings.
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University of Tennessee house.
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The house by Old Dominion and Hampton University.
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Rutgers and the NJ Institute of Technology.
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Team Florida.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Visitors tour WaterShed, the University of Maryland's entry in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. University teams from across the globe have constructed solar-powered homes on the National Mall for the competition which begins Friday and runs through Oct. 2. (AP-Alex Dominguez)
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