Catholic University of America was issued a permit Friday to construct a single-family “unit” at 620 Michigan Ave. NE, on its campus. New student housing? Faculty residence?
Nope. This is a mobile home, which soon after it’s built will be transported 2,700 miles across the country for the 2013 Solar Decathlon, Oct. 3-13 in Irvine, Calif.
Catholic, George Washington University and American University are collaborating as Team Capitol D.C. to bring the project, called Harvest, to Southern California. Harvest, according to the team’s website, will produce its own energy (capturing and reusing excess heat from solar panels) and collect rainwater to sustain itself and its resident, a war veteran.
The D.C. team is one of 20 participating in the decathlon.
Other permits issued Feb. 22: