The University of Las Vegas's team thought outside the box to develop a nontraditional home design that used structural insulated panels and high mass concrete sandwich walls to achieve net zero energy use. | Photo courtesy of the University of Las Vegas.
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Clemson University's designed a 3-bedroom home with solar panels that are positioned to match the sun's path -- helping to capture as much energy as possible. The team also developed their design with lower construction and energy costs in mind. The overall HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score is 41 and the total energy cost is projected to be $808 per year -- nearly 60 percent lower than the average U.S. household's yearly energy bill. | Photo courtesy of Clemson University.
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University of Colorado Denver
The University of Colorado Denver has designed an entry that explores innovative “interstitial” wall systems that heat the building through a radiant heating system and also provides free ventilation during the day throughout the entire year. | Photo courtesy of the University of Colorado Denver.
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University of Minnesota
With occupant comfort in mind, the University of Minnesota team created a home design that meets the unique challenges of the state's climate -- extreme winter cold and hot, humid summers -- while minimizing energy use. | Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota.
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Georgia Tech has designed a 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home to include unique heating, cooling and ventilation strategies to optimize performance and cost. | Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech.