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Solar Home Decathalon @ West Potomac Park Opens This Weekend
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Solar Home Decathalon @ West Potomac Park Opens This Weekend - September 21, 2011, 05:25 PM

Something cool to go check out and visit this weekend. They've built all these working "future homes" on the grounds of West Potomac park

I really want to build an energy efficient home. Reclaimed water. Geothermic Heating. Solar Cells. Thicker walls. Laminar Air Flow/Filtration System.

It's just so goddamn expensive right now. 2-3x the cost of a similarly sized stick build home. 4x more than a modular home.

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DOE Solar Decathlon: Solar Decathlon Team Computer-Animated Walkthroughs

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.






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yeah i drove past watching them build on my bicycle ride the other day...looks massive


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Good to see the government spending money like it is printing it....wait?
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Technology research is always a losing venture. A lot of times companies buy up cheap government funded patents to capitalize on.

Personally, I'd like to try something like this: http://www.simondale.net/house/

Also, I've heard some nice things about compressed earth construction. Very old tech but looks interesting.


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Good to see the government spending money like it is printing it....wait?
right cuz we can just sit on what we have developed as of now technologically/intellectually and we'll be good in the near future and far future...

one of the biggest assets of the US is high-tech development and its educational system. people from all over still come here to study. it's something that took awhile to build up, and it's not something that physical land ownership, physical resources ownership, or (to an extent) physical population ownership can easily build up. I don't see an issue with spending money on high tech educational ventures. it's developing and protecting an asset that we have and (perhaps more importantly) can continue to have.
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Technology research is always a losing venture. A lot of times companies buy up cheap government funded patents to capitalize on.

Personally, I'd like to try something like this: A Low Impact Woodland Home

Also, I've heard some nice things about compressed earth construction. Very old tech but looks interesting.
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right cuz we can just sit on what we have developed as of now technologically/intellectually and we'll be good in the near future and far future...

one of the biggest assets of the US is high-tech development and its educational system. people from all over still come here to study. it's something that took awhile to build up, and it's not something that physical land ownership, physical resources ownership, or (to an extent) physical population ownership can easily build up. I don't see an issue with spending money on high tech educational ventures. it's developing and protecting an asset that we have and (perhaps more importantly) can continue to have.
^^^This.
I don't see anyone running to China, Africa, India, Japan to go study at their colleges en masse.

There's a reason why 6 of the world's Top-10 colleges are right here in the USA. The other 4 are in England. America's greatest asset will always be the minds of its people.



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Cool house Froto Faggins!
lol. Thanks!


Oh, I meant to say rammed earth, not compressed. I guess there's a difference.


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