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Solar Decathlon: A sneak peek at the houses

By: Matt Hickman on Sept. 9, 2011, 7:07 a.m.
Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology, ENJOY House

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Rutgers, New Jersey Institute of Technology, ENJOY House

ENJOY House, Team New Jersey's eye-catching entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon is a sleek but sturdy, super-efficient shore house built from pre-cast insulated concrete panels (a Solar Decathlon first) tough enough to withstand the elements — and destructive, 3 a.m. rampages from diminutive, margarita-guzzling shore-dwellers. Bad Snooki jokes aside, from the inverted hip-shaped roof — "calibrated for optimal solar energy and rainwater collection" — to the hydronic radiant floors, this ADA-compliant, one-bedroom home designed with retired New Jersey shore-goers in mind packs numerous sustainable design elements into 960 accessible square feet. And if The Situation ever shifts his attention from reusable garment bags and hair gel to rainwater collection and rooftop photovoltaics, we think we've found the perfect place for him to settle down ... in the year 2050.