Home sweet solar home

October 7, 2011 2:02:12 PM PDT
This new solar home isn't just a dream home for the students at Parsons, The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology, it's also a dream for Lakiya Culley.

The new solar home is the most affordable home in this year's Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition, and soon, it will be home for Culley and her young children.

The students' goal was to create a new standard for affordable housing - the challenge was an opportunity to work on something real that they could scale, not just build off duplex.

Using about 90 percent less energy than the average American home, the project piqued the interest of Habitat for Humanity.

The students used a nearby location as a laboratory to learn the best practices to be employed and deployed in the low income community and believe it is revolutionary.

Now, Culley's looking forward to teaching her children about their new, energy-efficient home, and perhaps show the neighbors how it's is affordable too.