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Solar Decathlon in DC

On the national mall from September 23rd to October 2nd, you can tour 19 solar powered homes designed and built by teams of college students from around the world, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy “Solar Decathlon.” As the name suggests, the houses go through 10 contests, which include household tasks (e.g. laundry, hosting a dinner party), monitored performance (e.g. maintaining a comfortable temperature and humidity) and other judged characteristics (e.g. aesthetics, design). The winning team’s house must be affordable and easy to live in, and produce as much or more energy than it consumes. Come see these houses – you will definitely want to live in one!

NY and CA team houses with Washington Monument
City College of New York's "Solar Roofpod" is designed to be added to an urban rooftop as part of an integrated green roof system
Chinese Tongji University's "Y Container," made from recycled shipping modules, promotes flexible indoor space with sliding/swiveling wall panels and stackable triangular furniture modules
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