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March 23, 2011

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Participants Bring Innovation to D.C.'s Ward 7

In honor of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011—which challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive—we are profiling each of the 20 teams participating in the competition.

To kick things off, we spoke with Amanda Waal, architecture student and primary student contact for the Empowerhouse Collaborative—a joint venture between Parsons The New School for Design, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, and Stevens Institute of Technology. The three-school team is jointly based out of the schools' Manhattan and Hoboken campuses and has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development to build a passive house that will require 80% less energy for space heating and cooling compared to an ordinary home. See the Energy Blog posting.