In about a month some 30 students from CUNY's City Tech College in Brooklyn will travel to California for the biannual Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition that challenges school teams from around the world to design, engineer, construct, and operate a solar-powered home.

The competition's rules require the house to be inexpensive to build, it has to be an appealing and comfortable place in which to live, and it has to be extremely energy efficient, ideally to the point of passivity—a benchmark the City Tech kids, who call themselves Team DURA (for Diverse, Urban, Resilient, Adaptable), believe they have achieved.

Over the course of two years, they have built what's poised to be an amazing home. Here's what it will look like when it's finished:

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Rendering via DNAinfo

Yesterday evening at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, DURA showed off their entry to the public (and to their parents), with free tours of the net-zero, pre-fabricated house, which costs just a little more than $300,000 to build. A lot of work still needs to be done before they'll take it all apart and pack the home onto flatbed trucks for the trip out west (conventionally-sized trucks, not wide-load vehicles, a DURA design innovation), but the students, all wearing their light green "team" hardhats, were clearly proud of their work and eager to kick some Solar Decathlon ass.

DURA's house will have solar panels all along the south side (they were just starting to be installed when we arrived yesterday) and the north-facing wall will be solid brick. Windows are kept to a minimum—insulation and air-tightness are key to passive design—so the house offers generous outdoor living space in both the front and back. And because these are city kids, the DURA house is designed to be stackable, the only entry in the competition with this crucial high-density feature.

If 1,000 square feet plus a pair of porches/terraces sounds like a lot room for a NYC one-bedroom home, that's because it is! But since most of the other 17 Solar Decathlon teams are from less spatially-challenged places such as Tennessee, Missouri, California, and Texas—and since this is an exercise in energy efficiency rather than micro-dwelling—Team DURA felt like they had to spread out and luxuriate a bit in order to be competitive.

The Solar Decathlon is held from October 8 to 18 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Admission is free and GO DURA!!!!