UrbanEden is a net -zero energy solar powered home designed for the city of Charlotte, NC. Envisioned as an urban infill project for a couple ("DINKs" or "empty-nesters"), the house design is defined by a strong connection between indoor and outdoor living areas; even in an urban context, the outdoor living area allows one to privately enjoy the outdoors.
Work began on the design in October 2011. The UNC Charlotte team began construction of its solar house in March 2013 and completed the house in September before transporting it to California. The competition takes place October 3-13, 2013.