44 Porter Field Rd
Inspired by historic New England Farmhouses, Self-Reliance is a comfortable, sustainable and entirely solar-powered home for a family of four built by Middlebury College students. Now this home houses three students in its unique style of living.
Solar Decathlon Details
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges 20 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. As the first undergraduate liberal arts college ever to be selected as a finalist on its own, Team Middlebury College was honored to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 and share the home, Self-Reliance, on the international stage.
Self-Reliance is a comfortable functional family home inspired by the timeless New England farmhouse. The home’s layout, gable form and materials relate to Vermont’s vernacular architecture, but its details reveal a more modern approach. Our design distills classic domestic architecture to its elements, resulting in a simple, solid shelter that fosters family living.
Middlebury received 4th place in the 2011 competition, with 1st place in market appeal, communications, and home entertainment!
Type of Housing
1 master bedroom, 1 bunk-bed room, bathroom, living room, dining area kitchen (refrigerator, stove, oven, sink, storage), "green wall," sky lights, decks, loft.