The biannual Solar Decathlon competition will be held this year in October and sees universities around the globe trying out their ecofriendly home designing skills.

This Refract House, proposed by the Santa Clara University and California College of Arts, is an 800-square-foot house which will be open to public on September 1. Tours will be given to show what the judges will be judging at the U.S Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon.

The house features solar photovoltaic array to generate solar electricity to power the house, radiant heating and cooling Krypton and Argon gas-filled, double-paned glass windows and doors, student-designed bamboo paneling and cabinetry.

The houses will also boast wood siding, floors and deck made from reclaimed wood and the use of top-of-the-line energy-efficient appliances, which will also include the world's lightest, thinnest and most energy-efficient television.

Source: Eco Friend