This project profile is part of a series from ARCHTECT and Ecobuildingpulse.com 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 Texas: The ADAPT home represents El Paso: Built at the confluence of two nations and three states, the home creates a bubble of comfort that feels natural on a mountain plateau, high desert, chaparral, or verdant farmland that compose the geography of the area. Using local materials, we will build a house that tells of the myriad of cultures present in Far West Texas while maintaining a clean, sophisticated design aesthetic. By harnessing the most abundant resource in the Desert Southwest, ADAPT utilizes forward-thinking technologies to create a net-zero sustainable house that provides flexibility and utility in a new-suburban environment. Click here to read more.

Click here for a master list of all team previews.