Solar Decathlon

Harvest House
Team Capitol DC

About Team Capitol DC

For the first time, a city-wide Washington, D.C., collegiate team – Catholic University (CUA), George Washington University (GWU) and American University (AU) – competed as Team Capitol DC in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Together, students and faculty mentors from the three universities harnessed the talents from each school’s premier programs (CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning; GWU’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Landscape Design Program and Interior Design Program; and AU’s School of Communication) to design, build and communicate about a sustainable home that produces as much energy as it uses.

See how Team Capitol DC fared against other national and international teams on the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon results page and check out the GW Today Article, "Team Capitol DC Takes Top 10 Spot in Solar Decathlon".

About Harvest Home

Team Capitol DC’s concept was HARVEST HOME, an innovative house of the future that harvests natural resources to power the home while maintaining comfort for its ideal resident, a wounded American veteran who has returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After competing in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, Team Capitol DC donated HARVEST HOME to its veteran client. Through harvesting natural resources, comforting design features, and an innovative biomedical atmosphere that contributes to rehabilitation of body and spirit, HARVEST HOME will help heal its resident and the environment.

Team Capitol DC HARVEST HOME Walkthrough Video



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About the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013. The last event took place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.The Solar Decathlon is open to the public free of charge, to enable visitors to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today. Learn more at

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Thank you to the Urban Food Task Force, for their generous donation of $10,000 to support Harvest Home.