Project 19: Solar Decathlon

Department: Architecture
Title: Solar Decathlon
Date: 2011
Materials: Ipsum loreum ex machina
Dimensions: Ipsum loreum ex machina

The 4D Home is a project of Team Massachusetts; students from the MassArt Department of Architecture and UMass Lowell School of Engineering for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, and 2009. The next event will take place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., in fall 2011. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.