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Solar Design Competition 2013

In a welcome break from D.C.’s climate of gridlock, students and faculty from Catholic, George Washington, and American universities worked together on a house for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international sustainable home competition.

This collaborative team of 75 students began construction on a one-of-a-kind, energy-efficient home custom-designed to foster the healing of a U.S. military veteran.

For more information on the project, visit To receive updates on the competition this fall, follow the team on Facebook and Twitter.


Solar Design Competition 2013

The team’s one-story, 850-square-foot house with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen features “a strong focus on healthy design to promote healthy living.”