Solar Decathlon 2011: Parsons NS Stevens

© Michelle KaufmannPhotos by Michelle Kaufmann

Eco-architect Michelle Kaufmann is one of this year's judges for the Solar Decathlon and here are some of the photos she took at the event taking place at the National Mall's West Potomac Park.

Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology are developing a solar-powered house for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. The house minimizes energy demand by optimizing the building envelope, using a highly efficient micro-mechanical system, and incorporating strategic lighting and daylighting.

Empowerhouse embodies Habitat for Humanity's vision that all people deserve safe, comfortable, affordable homes. The compact 1,000-ft2 (93-m2) one-bedroom structure showcases the whole-life approach while being sensitive to the existing urban fabric. The shape, building envelope, window placement, and shading were optimized through feedback from energy modeling. In addition, sustainable materials reduce maintenance costs and create a healthy environment.

See more photos at Michelle Kaufmann's blog!

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