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Sep 29, 2013 4:31 PM by Associated Press

ASU-UNM team build 'net-zero energy home'

PHOENIX - A team of students from Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico have collaborated to create a net-zero energy home.

The Arizona Republic reports the ASU/UNM team will compete this week against 19 other entries at the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif. The event is a Super Bowl of sorts for solar-powered homes aimed at creating a new generation of builders who think green.

The event is held every two years since it takes that long to dream up, engineer and construct these sustainable homes, which are judged on performance, affordability and livability.

The ASU/UNM's 850-square-foot home has a radiant heating and cooling system that uses water-filled capillaries above a plaster ceiling as a way to cool or heat the home.

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