Hampton University student Jordan Smith explains the design of the windows in the "Unit 6" -- a net-zero solar house that was featured in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Jordan was the lead architect for Team Tidewater Virginia, which consisted of students from Old Dominion University and Hampton University.

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition sponsored by the DOE in which 20 university teams from around the world design and build a net-zero solar house. The houses are judged in 10 categories, including architecture, engineering and affordability.

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