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Purdue University's INhome earned a 2nd place finish at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

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Starting in 2009, a dedicated team of Purdue University students started working towards the goal of competing in the United States Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, a high profile international competition where 20 collegiate teams design, build, and demonstrate solar powered houses. While the competitive aspect of the Solar Decathlon was exciting, the real goal was to educate college students and the general public about sustainable communities. The competition was held in on the National Mall in Washington D.C. from September 23 to October 2, 2011.

The INhome finished in 2nd place overall during the competition, which consisted of 10 individual contests: architecture, market appeal, engineering, communications, affordability, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and energy balance. In addition to the contests, the INhome was open to the public for tours and hosted more than 18,000 guests during its stay in our nation's capital.

For more information on the 2011 competition, please visit the Department of Energy's 2011 solar decathlon website:

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    Electric Consumer Online, 03.20.12 Journal and Courier, 04.01.12 Exponent Video, 08.30.11 WFLI, 08.29.11 J & C, 08.27.11 Lafayette Mag, 08.17.11 (PDF)
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    WFLI, 08.08.11 Times of NW Indiana, 01.29.12 Ingersoll Rand, 07.15.11 (PDF) Purdue News, 06.27.11 WLFI 18 News, 06.17.11 Difference Makers, 06.01.11
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  • Student Team

    "This project has been an amazing experience! It has brought students together from all across campus to work on a project where everyone's input is critical to achieving success. Not only have we as students designed and created an incredible home, but we've also learned how to communicate and work with others outside our colleges and areas of expertise, which has been a valuable opportunity to grow."- Matt Hebdon, Structural Engineer

    "The Solar Decathlon is teaching, encouraging, and training an intelligent and proactive group of future professionals. Adapting to live with different forms of energy is essential. This new way of life can come from increasing high costs of electricity or passionate pleas to save the environment. Whatever reason is the cause, it is necessary to prepare for a new way of living. It is possible and can be done through projects just like the Solar Decathlon." – Jordan Wallpe, Engineering Manager

    General Public

    YouTube- Interview with a general audience member
    YouTube- Purdue INhome, Hope in the Future-
    YouTube- Purdue INhome, Impressive Design-
    YouTube- Purdue INhome, Practical Design-

    "I've always said I wanted to have a house like this and I've done a lot of research into it myself, in terms of what techniques and systems I would use in my own house and this definitely used a lot of them." -attendant from Inhome public tour August 26th

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    May 2011 Newsletter (PDF)

    June 2011 Newsletter (PDF)

    July 2011 Newsletter (PDF)

    Aug 2011 Newsletter (PDF)

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    Check out these great tips you can implement at home...

    Tips for your Kids (PDF)
    Tips for your Teens (PDF)

    To maximize savings with a laptop, put the AC adapter on a power strip that can be turned off (or will turn off automatically); the transformer in the AC adapter draws power continuously, even when the laptop is not plugged into the adapter.

    Let your dishes air dry; if you don't have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open slightly so the dishes will dry faster.

    Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer's recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature (120°F).

    Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.

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  • The College of Technology is pursuing several new opportunities for designing and building net zero energy homes in the greater Lafayette area. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

    INhome's Final Location

  • The INhome was rebuilt in Lafayette’s Chatham Square neighborhood and sold. The homeowners may decide to show the house to the public at times.

    INhome's Final Location

  • The home will be monitored for 5 years after occupancy to assess whether the home achieves net zero energy, which means that the solar panels produce more electricity than the home consumes on an annual basis.

    INhome's Final Location


If you have any additional questions, then please contact the following individuals:

Photo of the Purdue INhome Team with Secretary Chu

Construction Manager
Eric Holt

Faculty Advisor
William Hutzel

Purdue University
Knoy Hall, Room 107
401 North Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2021