Japan’s Omotenashi House to promote a self-sufficient lifestyle at 2012 Solar Decathlon. The one storey, 60 sq.-metre house draws on a lot of inspiration from traditional Japanese tea houses, but attempts to overcome past efficiency problems by using vacuum insulated wall, ceiling and window panels to vastly improve thermal insulation.
Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House Wins Communications Contest! Solar Decathlon 2011, Middlebury College, Self-Reliance – Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - created via http://pinthemall.net
Eco Factor: Sustainable cottage is powered by solar energy. Altius Architecture has created an off-grid retreat in Ontario, which offers two bedrooms, living spaces and a sauna. Called the Otter Lake Cottage, the sustainable residence features.
Winner 2011 Solar Decathlon water catchment system Solar decathlon - utlizes sun for heating & electricty but also functions synergically with aquatic environment. Inspiration for loft garage water catchment.