2005  Solar Decathlon: The Integration of Technology and Aesthetics 

The second Solar Decathlon Competition presented further opportunities to challenge the ideals of solar housing design, integrate technology and architecture, and ultimately promote solar power. A collaborative of students and faculty, from ten departments led by architecture designed and built a unique solar house demonstrating an optimized living and working environment, excellence in sustainable construction, and strong architectonic expression. The initial theme of the art of integration generated new forms embodied with a sense of the sustainable and the beautiful. Further research involving aerogel insulated polycarbonate panels resulted in the translucent wall assembly and tuneable wall system.

The 2005 Solar Decathlon project was made possible through collaboration of the following:

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