Fun factoid that didn’t make the final cut: four of the top five houses were from teams in cold-weather climates. The beautiful, fifth-place finisher from my home state of Minnesota is featured below. The full standings are here.
The US Department of Energy recently concluded its fourth “Solar Decathlon” in Washington, DC. The ten-event competition is a two-week contest between 20 of the world’s most energy-efficient houses. For the two brief weekends when the houses were open for viewing, the rows of futuristic abodes transformed the usually humdrum National Mall into the busiest and most high tech block in America. On the soggy final day of the contest, throngs of umbrella wielding architects and environmentalists replaced the standard assortment of tourists, protestors and ultimate Frisbee players on the nation’s quad.
Like the last decathlon in 2007, this year’s gold medal went to Darmstadt University of Technology in Hesse, Germany…
Click here to read the rest of the MIL post about “The Homes of The Future.”
Photo credit: Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon (via Flickr)