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Solar Decathlon 2009

By: Samantha Johnson on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:23 p.m.
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Team California

Refract House blends beauty with function. It includes a monitoring system that displays the house's performance and works with an iPhone application to let users control temperature and lighting from anywhere in the home. Other features include a greywater pond that nourishes the landscape, a passive solar gain that almost eliminates the need for heating and windows that are custom-designed for exposure with low-e glass. Learn more about this house.