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Solar Decathlon 2009

By: Samantha Johnson on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:23 p.m.
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Puerto Rico

The team planned its house as a model energy-efficient dwelling for the Caribbean. The L-shaped home makes the most of the opportunities and challenges of that climate. The two legs of the L are connected by an outdoor patio, but only one leg is mechanically conditioned. The other is enclosed largely with screens that allow occupants to look out and cooling breezes to pass through but block nearly 90 percent of the sun's rays. Learn more about this house.