2011 Solar Decathlon: Re_Home

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign returns to the Solar Decathlon with a smart, sustainable residence designed for rapid deployment to families left homeless after natural disasters.

With the opening ceremony of the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon taking place exactly one week from today in Washington D.C.’s West Potomac Park, I’m continuing my series of in-depth previews of a handful of the competing homes (check out this recent slideshow for a sneak peak at all 19 entrants). While most of the homes that I’ve dedicated individual posts to thus far are the collegiate creations of Decathlon newbies, today I’m featuring a Re_Home, a smartly designed and extremely relevant residence from a formidable third-time contender that took second place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon with Gable Home: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.