The Empowerhouse team breaks ground in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the final site of their entry in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, which challenges 20 collegiate teams from around the world to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the site where two lucky Deanwood families will live in net-zero homes, and hear the students discuss how they've taken the project beyond the mall and into the community.

In addition to readying the Deanwood site, the team of students from Parsons The New School for Design, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School, and Stevens Institute of Technology spent the summer constructing the competition house on the Stevens campus in Hoboken, N.J.

Follow along with the team's progress:



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