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Texas A&M, one of the best construction and science schools in the country, modified traditional technologies and applied them to standard principles of architecture and energy efficiency for Solar Decathlon 2002.
(Credit: Chris Gunn/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Who: Texas A&M University
What: Solar House
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Solar Decathlon 2002

Texas A&M University: Calling It a Day

The students from Texas A&M University who participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2002 demonstrated their advanced construction skills during the competition. Their solar-powered house featured commercially available appliances that were retrofitted to be more energy-efficient. Although the house was disassembled after the competition, the students did save their appliances. These remain in storage along with the photovoltaic panels.