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Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology

Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology were unique in their approach for their Solar Decathlon 2011 entry. The Empowerhouse mission, as they called it, created a community based approach to building affordable, net zero housing that addresses all aspects of domestic life. Parsons partnered with Habitat for Humanity Washington DC and DC Department of Housing and Community Development to construct a second house that will be joined with the one shown below to create a two family home that will serve as a model for future construction of net zero homes around the globe.