The Solar Decathlon House is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM.

The Solar Decathlon House was designed and built by engineering and architectural faculty and students at Georgia Tech for an international competition.

The solar house has 39 solar panels, insulated polyurethane base, and a water capture and reclamation system.

The house is designed to be self-sufficient and show how solar energy can be used to make homes energy efficient and “green.”Along with the solar panels, separate air conditioning and heating units allow residents to heat or cool only certain sections of the home.

A special roof lets in some outside light and helps regulate the inside temperature.Special video monitors in the living room keep track of the house’s energy output, outdoor and indoor temperatures and other information that can be used to make sure the home is always operating at peak efficiency.

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