This project profile is part of a series from ARCHTECT and providing a sneak peek at the designs in progress for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, taking place Oct. 3-13 in Irvine, Calif. Project descriptions and videos are provided by each team.

Team Tidewater Virginia: Just as the canopy of a tree is a protective, sunlight-filled haven, the Canopy House is a safe, universally designed, solar-powered dwelling. The Canopy House's smart home technology allows its owners to live an independent lifestyle and age-in-place. The Canopy House is designed to allow people to age in place in a safe, sustainable environment. The architectural design of the home incorporates Universal Design strategies such as tactile displays, audio-visual accessibility, and wheelchair accessibility. Passive design strategies, such as passive ventilation and daylighting, keep the interior of the house comfortable in a sustainable way. Click here to read more.

Click here for a master list of all team previews.