In October, a section of the National Mall in Washington, DC, is converted into a mini city of the future. Small, sustainable houses covered in solar panels sit soaking up sunlight, while small electric cars zip up and down the temporary street. Crowds of tourists line up to take house tours and to learn about energy efficiency in new home construction. It’s Solar Decathlon time again.
The Solar Decathlon is a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The Solar Decathlon is also an event to which the public is invited to observe the powerful combination of solar energy, energy efficiency, and the best in home design. Its major sponsor is the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
The Kansas State University projectsolarhouse is one of the 20 competitors; Mark Ruzicka, Student ASLA, and Celine Andersen, Student ASLA, designed the project’s landscape and won the ASLA Student residential award of excellence for their efforts. The Dirt wishes all the competitors sunny skies and the best of luck.