Empowerhouse = Passive House = Energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, affordable housing – YouTube

In December 2012, students, faculty, leadership and alumni from Parsons The New School for Design (http://www.newschool.edu/parsons), the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy (http://www.newschool.edu/milano) at The New School for Public Engagement (http://www.newschool.edu/public-engag…), local government agencies, and the community came to celebrate the dedication of Empowerhouse (http://parsit.parsons.edu).

This highly energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, affordable housing for DC Habitat was developed over several years by over 200 students at Parsons, Milano, and Stevens. The house was designed as an entry in the U.S. Department of Energy‘s Solar Decathlon, a sustainable building competition. The first house in Washington, D.C. to meet Passive House standards for energy use, Empowerhouse took first place in the competition’s Affordability category, and now is a new model for Habitat for Humanity moving forward.

Solar Decathlon 2015: Meet the Teams | Department of Energy

From storm-resistant shelters to breezy dwellings that open like a flower, the solar-powered houses in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 are as diverse and creative as the teams behind them. Each was inspired by the unique cultures, experiences and landscapes of its creators, who represent more than 20 colleges and universities around the world.All their hard work and ingenuity will be on display this October 8-18 at the 2015 Solar Decathlon’s grand finale in Irvine, California. The 14 collegiate teams will put their final designs to the test in 10 contests (hence the name “decathlon”), with top honors going to the house that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with energy efficiency and sustainability.Read on to meet the teams of Solar Decathlon 2015! Click the team name for a full profile on www.solardecathlon.gov:

Source: Solar Decathlon 2015: Meet the Teams | Department of Energy