The 2011 Solar Decathlon is a chance for students from colleges around the country to showcase their skills and knowledge in sustainable energy through a presentation of technology related to housing and green building.
A team from New Jersey, comprised of students from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, created a residence that combines comfort, aesthetics and energy-saving technology, according to Inhabitat.
The house that the collaborative team presented to the panel combines modernist flair with green technologies. The interior of the residence is sparse and decorated with smaller appliances, while the exterior is made of a harsh-colored concrete that works with the design of the structure, reported the news source.
Natural lighting, concrete walls, large windows and a radiant heating system allows the house to remain aesthetically pleasing without creating a need for excessive energy use, Inhabitat reported.
A radiant heating system can help to provide warmth without the appearance of a radiator, heating duct or air vent, which are unnecessary to run the technology.