Home built for healing in competition at Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon

BY Cindy Huang  October 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM EST

For these future architects and engineers, designing a house for this year’s Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition came with a mission: to give back and to heal.

More than 100 Washington, D.C., college students built an energy-efficient solar powered home for the biennial competition that began last week in Irvine, Calif. But what distinguishes this home is the person for whom it was built. The students designed their entry with a war veteran in mind. When the competition is over, the students will donate the one-bedroom home to the Wounded Warrior Homes organization that provides temporary housing for wounded veterans. Its first resident will be an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who suffers from PTSD and a traumatic brain injury.