Disaster recovery home
In the 2009 Solar Decathlon, Team Illinois built a traditional-looking farm house. But this year the team had a very specific purpose in mind: homes for disaster relief. The house is designed to be built quickly and easily with flexibility in how it's constructed. The solar photovoltaic panels provide shade for the structure and generate power. And the exterior panels are made from plant-based materials: 60 percent rice husks, 22 percent common salt, and 18 percent mineral oil .
September 23, 2011 7:45 AM PDT
Photo by: Department of Energy
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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