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Harvest Home: DC's Submission For the 2013 Solar Decathlon

  • May 15th 2013

by Shilpi Paul

Harvest Home: DC's Submission For the 2013 Solar Decathlon: Figure 1
Courtesy of Team Capitol DC.

Even though it is no longer on the Mall, the Solar Decathalon will take place this year and DC will be sending a team to compete.

Team Capitol DC, a collaboration between Catholic University, George Washington and American University students, will compete against 19 other teams from across the country in California this October. UrbanTurf recently received details regarding the concept for the team’s entry and a rendering of what it will look like.

Dubbed Harvest, the concept is a net-zero home that generates energy primarily by “harvesting” excess heat from photovoltaic panels and recapturing excess heat from appliances. The entry into the competition will be constructed from reclaimed materials, and will harvest rainwater to be used within the home. The design calls for rain screens to keep moisture from seeping into the house, and ventilation to cool the home whenever possible.

When the competition is over, Team Capitol DC will donate the home to a U.S. veteran.

In the last Solar Decathlon in 2011, a local team from the University of Maryland took top honors.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dcs_submission_to_the_2013_solar_decathlon/7068.

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