As the Solar Decathlon of 2011 kicks off, sustainable fundis around the world wait in anticipation to see how solar energy is going to be utilised in the homes. The decathlon is held to show how architecturally attractive homes can be built using minimal resources. The homes need to be cost effective, energy efficient, and use the power of solar energy, as well be attractive in appearance.
The theme of this year’s competition involves combining the latest in photovoltaic solar energy, building materials and technology when designing and constructing these houses. The houses will then be shipped to Washington DC where they will be put on display for the general public to see how renewable solar energy systems can be used without compromising on stylish design.