Huffington Post   ThienVinh Nguyen   First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:20 PM ET

University teams from around the world are busy constructing sustainable houses at this year's U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition. 20 teams were selected to come to the National Mall in Washington D.C. to compete against one another in designing, building, and operating the best solar-powered, energy-efficient house. The houses are judged based on 10 competitions, which range in point value, from architecture to lighting design to comfort zone. Check out the houses we've featured and vote for which one you want to call home!

Univeristy of Minnesota's House
With over 150 students from the University of Minnesota, the team wanted to build a "real" home (nothing too futuristic-looking) that will attract any consumer. This house was specifically designed for the cold regions. This highly insulated house also features glass windows which bring in and trap heat. Solar panels supply the house with energy to sustain itself -- from electricity usage to water heating to regulating humidity and temperature. Construction costs: $450,000-$650,000.
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(Photos via Flickr: A. Siegel and Dept of Energy)



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