Credit: Photo by Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon



Solar Decathlon competition shows a variety of cool green tech and energy management solutions we will soon see in our homes ... perhaps regularly.
Maryland WaterShed Home
Purdue INhome
New Zealand First Light
Appalachian State Solar Homestead
Middlebury College Self-Reliance
Parsons New School of Design and Stevens Institute of Technology Empowerhouse
Ohio State enCORE
SCI Arch & CalTech CHIP house
Florida International perFORM[D]ance House
Illinois Re_Home
Team Massachusetts 4D Home
Team New Jersey ENJOY House
Team New York Solar Roofpod
Tennessee Living Light Home
Tidewater Virginia Unit6
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Ohio State enCORE

The encore home is the Comfort Zone winner, with low-cost passive measures and thoughtful use of technology, including a unique solar thermal hot air system and heat pump water heater, state-of-the-art triple-glazed windows and natural lighting. An 8-kW photovoltaic array consists entirely of thin-film panels manufactured in Toledo, Ohio. And a simple control interface operates lighting, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems with an intuitive and informative touchscreen display.

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