Best of Inhabitat: Solar Decathlon 2011

The competition between the hottest solar homes in the nation at the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC has been heating up all week and the winners will finally be announced tomorrow. Green design experts will be judging these student-built houses on architectural style, energy efficiency, affordability and a slew of other criteria, but if you want to weigh in yourself on which team should take home the grand prize, Inhabitat is holding its own readers choice contest. Do you think New Zealand's masterfully engineered First Light house should reign supreme? Or maybe you appreciate the University of Maryland's beautiful Watershed house. Perhaps you prefer the affordability of Purdue's INhome or Parsons + Stevens' Empowerhouse? Cast your vote and voice your choice today and keep checking back on Inhabitat to see the results of this riveting race to the finish!

—written by Yuka Yoneda

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