These dog houses are more energy efficient than yours

Meet Miles.

His wardrobe is better than mine (I cannot pull off a monogramed scarf).

He owns a canine Fitbit ...

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These dog houses are more energy efficient than yours

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Groups were challenged to create dog houses that fit the dog’s size, personality and individual preferences. They also include sustainable features like rainwater collection, solar-powered lights, reclaimed materials and passive cooling.

Key Points

  • Miles is cool.
  • Way cooler than any of us.
  • His dog house will likely soon feature solar-powered water pumps to keep his dish fresh. 

Meet Miles.

His wardrobe is better than mine (I cannot pull off a monogramed scarf).

He owns a canine Fitbit and a doggy cooling mat for those hot summer days.

And now, thanks to a challenge from the U.S. Department of Energy, his house will soon likely be nicer — and more energy efficient — than mine.

You win, Miles. You win.

Miles, a 25-pound West Highland White Terrier, is going to flip when he sees the dog houses Denver-area architectural and engineering firms put together for the BARKitecture competition.

Groups were challenged to create dog houses that fit the dog’s size, personality and individual preferences. They also include sustainable features like rainwater collection, solar-powered lights, reclaimed materials and passive cooling. (One house has a solar chimney and underfloor heating system. Another has a solar-powered pump to circulate water to a drinking bowl.)

I can only assume that Miles prefers slightly chilled sparkling Perrier, but if he has to settle for flat water, he would want it fresh and circulated in on the hour.

Check out this slide show to see more canine creations.

These dog houses were inspired by the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon where college teams build energy efficient, solar-powered houses (for people, not dogs). The competition is taking place in Denver through Oct. 15 and is open to the public.

Miles will probably be escorted to Denver in his luxury dog car seat (yep, those exist too), wearing doggie sunglasses, and sipping a canine scotch on the rocks.

Because he’s Miles, and that’s how he rolls (and I’m a little jealous).


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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