This 2011 Solar Decathlon is currently on display at the National Mall's West Potomac Park, featuring solar-powered innovations from over 4,000 students. Eco-architect Michelle Kaufmann is one of this year's judges and here are some of the photos she has captured from the event.
Self-Reliance, Middlebury College's U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 entry, is a two-bedroom, ultra-efficient, 990-ft2 house designed for a family of four. It features a green wall for growing plants, open family living space, and healthy building materials. Its traditional gable, or peaked roof, is a familiar form that holds a 7.2-kW photovoltaic array.
See more photos at Michelle Kaufmann's blog!