Team website: sd13.middlebury.edu
After a fourth-place finish in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, Middlebury College returns to Solar Decathlon 2013 with the belief that community is a natural resource, that sustainability is as much about people as it is about energy, and that by constructing less, we can create more. The team believes that when we live close to home, the strength of our communities brings the world closer to a sustainable future.
According to the Middlebury team:
We see a house as just one piece of larger human and natural ecosystems. We strive to design a house that embodies the principles of a centralized community that reduces demands on transportation while facilitating greater personal interactions. By realizing the potential of underutilized spaces, we aim to integrate a house into an existing walkable community—to suggest a model of living that is applicable on any scale. With history and nature as our guides, we hope to design a home that reflects a community and a lifestyle for a sustainable society, economy, and environment.