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Solar Decathlon 2009

Teams participate in a competition to build solar-powered homes in Washington, D.C.

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All houses derived a greater volume of electricity than consumed from photovoltaic cells on the rooves and walls of the units.

All houses derived a greater volume of electricity than consumed from photovoltaic cells on the rooves and walls of the units.1Picture by Colin WiencekAll houses used domestically produced materials in the build to make the designs as low impact as possible.2Picture by Colin WiencekCollege students from all throughout the country come together each year to design, engineer and build these zero impact dwellings.3Picture by Colin WiencekRain shielding, a type of wood siding that does not rot, makes for a efficient and durable building material.4Picture by Colin WiencekSolar energy is used to create electricity and to create hot water for heating and personal use.5Picture by Colin WiencekSun screens allow for the intake of heat and light which increases effiency and minimizes electric bills.6Picture by Colin WiencekTeam Spain wows the crowd with a rotating solar panel display on the roof.7Picture by Colin WiencekThe team from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee utilizes a pitched rood and trough in order to capture rain water.8Picture by Colin WiencekThe University of Louisiana uses a system that allows for the expansion of inside or outside living space depending on the season.9Picture by Colin WiencekThe University of Wisconsin sculpted the exterior of their unit to match the landscape of their state.10Picture by Colin Wiencek
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