NJ college students take “green” housing to new level

    Students from Rutgers University and NJIT in New Jersey are taking sustainable home-building to an entirely new level.

    According to a story from The Star-Ledger, the students have constructed a futuristic looking home that challenges the traditional building techniques for green housing.

    The group, called “Team NJ,” has created a one-story home that features a modular structure, precast concrete walls and an inverted roof that will catch both water and sunlight, according to The Star-Ledger.

    In addition, The Star-Ledger reports solar and thermal technology is integrated into every exposed surface, which then produces enough energy to power the home’s appliances.

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    The home serves as the schools’ submission to the 2011 Solar Decathlon, which is a solar housing competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy every two years.

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