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SOLAR DECATHLON V
Self-Reliance06
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE
Self-Reliance, descended from the timeless Yankee farmhouse, scored highest in market appeal. Materials included sustainably forested local timber and Vermont slate.


Echoing Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous essay, “Self-Reliance,” Middlebury College’s farmhouse invites visitors to vibrate to its own iron string. The two-bedroom home is pure Yankee ultra-efficiency for a family of four, although its traditional gable roof goes high-tech with a 30-panel, 7.9 kW PV system and evacuated tube solar hot water heating.


 


It looks like a traditional New England home, but wait—it boasts 30 PV panels, and that unique “green wall” window garden is a year round comestible cornucopia.


TEAM: Middlebury College is a liberal arts school that entered Decathlon V alone without a partner. Team Middlebury is comprised of more than 85 students from more than 25 different academic disciplines “organized in a three-layer orb.” Eight faculty and staff members were part of the team. Team Web site: http://solardecathlon.middlebury.edu/team.php?page=who_we_are

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