Solar Decathlon

Technische Universitat Darmstadt, winner of the overall competition and the lighting contest, used oak louvered frames.

The Montreal team used kiln-baked birch on its exterior.

Penn State's home had various glazing effects on the south-facing wall (shown) such as a sliding milk bottle wall to help spread light into the space and block heat, and white oak exterior sliding panels to provide shading from direct sun and privacy.

The 2007 Solar Decathlon, which took place in October on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., attracted more than 100,000 visitors to tour the 20 energy-efficient homes built by student teams.umaryland520.jpgCLICK TO VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

The University of Maryland's home had a translucent polycarbonate skylight (above left and bottom right) and used recessed fixtures (top right) in the space for downlighting.

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