Report from a field by KO
Set in the midst of the quickly growing suburban Orange County, amongst tracts of new homes built without solar power panels, the Solar Decathlon finalists’ houses sat on the runway of a retired Air Force airport and were opened to the public from October 1 to October 13.
This is the winning design, from students in Austria. Go here for pictures of all entries: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/gallery_houses.html
The Solar Decathlon is a college student competition to create accessible and affordable Net Zero home designs (see requirements at end of this article). Students take two years to produce their house and deal with a steep learning curve of project management, budgeting, construction trades, and fundraising among others.