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Solar Decathlon 2011

Team New York: The City College of New York

The Solar RoofPod is a "Plus-Net-Energy" roof pavilion, designed to provide local green energy for urban environments. The pod was originally constructed as part of an interdisciplinary design-build initiative at The City College of New York (CCNY), and featured in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. With a customizable, modular design, the Solar Roofpod can be assembled based on the environmental variables of its site. The house placed 17th overall in the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition.

In Spring 2014, the prototype returned to the rooftop of CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture, where it now serves as a living classroom, a lookout, and hub for urban sustainability.

In the years to come its performance will be monitored, to evaluate and improve its functions, and to make it a comprehensive precedent case study for urban roof-scape living.

Through presentations and conversations with policymakers, architects, engineers, and sustainability specialists, the space will create an open forum of exchange of ideas. The pod will serve as an intellectual arena to fuel dialogue amongst students, and propel investigation of how we must develop our buildings and cities for a sustainable future.

Photo of Solar Roofpod from Solar Decathlon 2011. Enlarge image

Team New York's Solar Roofpod was designed as a one-story penthouse, intended for existing mid-rise buildings. (Credit: Jim Tetro/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Who: The City College of New York
What: Solar Roofpod
The City College of New York
Spitzer School of Architecture
New York, NY
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Public tours: Learn more at the house's website, SolarRoofpod.com.