advertisement advertisement advertisement The next generation of energy-efficient homes is on its way. Nine new homes have just completed construction in cities across the United States, offering a glimpse of how homes can be green, affordable, and beautiful. advertisement advertisement The homes were built as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon Build Challenge , a biennial competition among university teams to design and build houses that push the limits of energy efficiency. With buildings accounting for 74% of national electricity consumption , the need for better-designed homes is huge. Constructed under real-world conditions in communities near their universities, many of the nine homes are now occupied by residents. Like the houses built in previous years' competitions, they're test cases for the latest thinking in energy-efficient design. On Sunday, April 18, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced the winners of the competition, and the prototype homes these teams built demonstrate some of the newest approaches to bringing down energy use in homes and buildings, while still making them affordable to build. Evaluated for 10 different metrics, including energy efficiency, architectural design, innovation, and market potential, the homes had to be as technically impressive as they were feasible to build…. Read full this story
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