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 UNLV: DesertSol takes advantage of the Mojave Desert’s renewable resources to produce a sustainable home that is self-reliant in the severe desert climate. Its unique name was derived directly from our team's goals for the project. It is a house that is designed to respond to the climate of the Mojave Desert by using the precious natural resources. Its design exemplifies an ultra-efficient home that educates and inspires the inhabitants of the Mojave Desert through the responsible use of the sun and water. Click here to read more.

Click here for a master list of all team previews.