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2013 Solar Decathlon: Radiant House

Santa Clara Solar Decathlon Team

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2013 Solar Decathlon: Radiant House

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U.S. Department of Energy

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The vision of Santa Clara’s Radiant House is a vision of a brighter future, a future of energy independence and environmental integrity. Our goal is to expand and enable the accessibility of solar energy, demonstrating that a sustainable lifestyle is not something that must wait until the future, but is something that can be achieved today.
As a team, Santa Clara combines the expertise of undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines to bring an original perspective not only to the quantitative building elements, but also the qualitative relations of space and utility. Incorporating the three E’s of our philosophy – Efficiency, Economy, and Elegance – we have created a home that strikes a balance between comfort, aesthetics, and technological innovation. It is because of our commitment to the Jesuit values of competence, conscience, and compassion that we have built an extensive outreach program and have conducted thorough ethical examinations of each team decision. Together, these elements represent more than just a house; they define a vision for a greener and healthier tomorrow, available and amenable to everyone.

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