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Solar Decathlon

Solar Decathlon -- Innovation in Home Design

Sheri Koones | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Sheri Koones

One of the truly wonderful events that occur bi-annually in this country is the Solar Decathlon (SD), an educational program of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and organized by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Innovation Earth: House Made of Textiles Will Use the Energy of a Hair Dryer

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Ask me to show you a sustainable house made of fabric, and I'll show you a tent -- or a yurt. Here where I live in Southern California, "green" homes ...

Innovation Earth: Make 'Home Ecologics' the New Home Ec

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

"Did you notice anything special about the way I washed the dishes?" I asked my husband, admiring my cleaning-up handiwork following the dinner he had...

This Is The What The Home Of The Future Will Look Like

www.weather.com | Posted 12.09.2013 | HuffPost Home

Welcome to the U.S. Department of Energy's 2013 Solar Decathlon, where 20 teams are showing off their originally designed homes of the future – all ...

Innovation Earth: Innovation, Interrupted

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

It's now Day 8 of the government shutdown, and a lot of people are hurting. But some of the greatest suffering may ultimately come to our country collectively, as potentially groundbreaking climate and energy research -- not to mention policy -- is now put on hold.

A La Solar Style

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 09.15.2013 | College
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

Turns out there's this international contest between university teams competing to create the most energy-efficient house using solar energy, and it goes by the name Solar Decathlon because the houses are judged on 10 categories.

Five Ideas For Building Better, More Efficient Homes

Susanna Murley | Posted 03.21.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

It's winter and you're probably realizing how awful your insulation is --I'm looking at you, Seattle -- and also starting to rethink that last addition to the house where you used single-pane windows that now render the room useless.

Help This New England Church Become More Efficient

Susanna Murley | Posted 03.07.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

Recently, a Planet Forward member emailed me to ask how her church should become more energy efficient, especially considering their tight budget.

Rebuilding the 20th Century: It's Time for Kids

Susanna Murley | Posted 12.27.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Universities need to be thinking forward and figuring out how to prepare both their own campuses for the future and their graduates for the future. Luckily there are a few programs that are already doing that.

'Green News Report' - October 4, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.04.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Koch Indu...

At Solar Decathlon, College Eco-Stars Reveal True Future of Solar

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.30.2011 | College
Brian F. Keane

Solar Decathletes are students who, instead of partying at the beach or making money at temporary jobs, decide to help design, engineer and assemble solar-powered homes in their spare time.

On Houses and Homes: Top 5 Stories Behind Solar Decathlon Entries

Susanna Murley | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Planet Forward has been following the Solar Decathlon teams. These are the five that stand out to us that have the best stories connecting their houses to their culture.

'Green News Report' - September 29, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate c...

Lucia Graves

Solar Decathlon Touches Down In D.C.

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Energy's biennial Solar Decathlon kicked off Friday, with hundreds of students from across the country -- and eve...

Sunshine Hits D.C.: A Peview of the Solar Decathlon

A. Siegel | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
A. Siegel

One of the nation's most important (and sadly too little discussed) intercollegiate competitions is about to open in Washington, DC: the biennial Sola...

The Solar Decathlon: Innovation Through Making

Harris Silver | Posted 11.22.2011 | Green
Harris Silver

We are reminded every time we buy things and see the country of origin that we have stopped making things. You can't foster a culture of innovation without having a culture of making.

Some Sunshine Hits Washington, DC

A. Siegel | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
A. Siegel

Those interested in exploring the potential and reality of sunshine in a clean energy future have a plethora of things to do in Washington, DC, in the coming weeks.

Redefining the Classroom

Ed Schmidt | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Ed Schmidt

Students from the colleges of Architecture and Building Design at Virginia Tech are investigating an alternative to the typical temporary classroom structures on campus.

PHOTOS: Amazing Solar Houses Of The Future

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From Inhabitat: Ready for another exciting competition in the world of prefab solar houses? The 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe has kicked off in Madrid,...

Here Comes the Sun...When?

Dane L. Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dane L. Parker

As the Solar Decathlon teams compete in Washington D.C. this week to create the greenest structure possible, I find myself taking measure of my industry. We have a ways to go.

Racing for the Sun: Energy COOL Solar Decathlon Back on The National Mall

A. Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
A. Siegel

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial, ever-cool event, pitting colleges and universities across the nation in ten contests that "center on the ways we use energy in our daily lives."

German Solar Rides Power Surge to a Win

A. Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
A. Siegel

Starting in 2010, there will be a gradual reduction in the FIT rate for new solar installations every year (with uncertainty about exact impacts of the new government).