The Solar Decathlon is a university challenge to build affordable sustainable housing.
This video shows a collaboration between Parsons School of Design and Stevens Institute of Technology called the Empowerhouse. It was built at a cost of $230,000, winning the affordability contest.
The project helps young engineers and designers learn from building a real sustainable house. The big twist with the Empowerhouse is that after the competition, the two solar-powered homes will become actual homes for two families in the Washington DC area.
A few of the highlights of this net zero home are:
- 4.2 kW solar array to produce all energy to heat and cool the home, power the lighting and run the hot water heater and aplicances
- The water heater recovers heat from the exhaust of the condensing dryer.
- Wireless switches control high efficiency lighting
- Real time energy monitoring and ffedback through a smart home control system
- Lighting that intgrates occupancy and daylight sensors
Visit http://parsit.parsons.edu/ and http://www.stevens.edu/news/content/solar-decathlon-empowerhouse-deanwood-ribbon-cutting to learn more.