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Stevens Institute of Technology: 2011 Solar Decathlon Competition





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Uploaded on Dec 5, 2011

Full coverage of the Team Empowerhouse trip to Washington DC to compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Includes footage from the team's affordability win. Empowerhouse is a net-zero energy house, which was built on the Stevens campus for entry into the Department of Energy competition.

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Empowerhouse is a community-based approach to building affordable, net-zero housing that addresses all aspects of domestic life. The Empowerhouse team brought together students from Stevens Institute of Technology, Parsons The New School for Design, and the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School to design and construct a solar-powered house.

Bringing the Empowerhouse beyond the National Mall, the team is working with community partners, including Habitat for Humanity Washington D.C. and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, to construct a second house in the D.C. neighborhood of Deanwood. After the Solar Decathlon, the two houses will be joined together to create a two-family home, and will be a model for affordable, net-zero housing that can be replicated around the globe.


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