Empowerhouse Wins Affordability by Solar Decathlon
by Ted Savage / September 29, 2011
Via @ArchDaily, a superefficient, net-zero home by the Empowerhouse team at the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition. The student team was inspired to prototype a new, less expensive approach to solar energy by last year's Decathlon-winning $2 million house - technologically stunning, but practically...unaffordable.

"By applying Passive House principles, the team cut energy consumption by 40% with its virtually air-tight design. The super insulated house incorporates cellulose insulation, triple-paned windows, and micro-mechanical and smart electrical systems to minimize the need for solar energy resulting in one of the smallest solar arrays in the competition." Empowerhouse is students from Parsons The New School for Design, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School, and Stevens Institute of Technology. More at Empowerhouse .


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