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July 06, 2011

D.C. Community Comes Together in the Name of Sustainability, Affordability

Saving energy to save money—it's a simple yet effective strategy that can greatly benefit families faced with the variable, often high costs of utility bills. It's a goal made all the more significant to Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology Solar Decathlon team because the houses they design and build will serve as future residences for two families in the historic Deanwood community of Washington, D.C.

The Energy Blog has highlighted the efforts of this U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 team—a collaboration of hundreds of students and supporting faculty from Parsons, Stevens Institute, and Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy—on the Energy Blog before. While the team is hard at work completing construction of its house for the upcoming Solar Decathlon competition, it is simultaneously working with Habitat for Humanity to start construction of a second house in Deanwood. Post-competition, the two homes will join together as a duplex, providing affordable and energy-efficient residences for the community. The team officially broke ground on the project on June 29. See the Energy Blog post.