Collaborative Brings Affordable Green Home to Deanwood

December 21, 2012

The Washington Post reports, a typical household in Deanwood, Washington D.C. spends around $2,000 annually on utility bills. Empowerhouse homeowners are projected to spend $390, mainly on water costs.

Empowerhouse is a net-zero home, which means it will produce as much energy as it will use. Back in 2008, Laura Briggs, the faculty lead on the project, approached Joel Towers, who had just become dean of Parsons, about entering the school in the Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon competition, run by the Energy Department since 2002, invites 20 universities from around the world to design, construct and operate energy-efficient, solar-powered homes. The homes are judged on 10 criteria, hence the name.

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