The 2011 Solar Decathlon home design competition presented a lot of great projects for solar self powered houses. The team from New Zeeland had a great approach presenting a wooden solar house, called First Light .
The house was built by students from the Victoria University of Wellington, and was on display at the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington DC.
In the initial phase of the project there were involved only 4 students and got to 26 students in 2 years, and many more helping with different activities. All components like beds, chairs, tables, were made from scratch, and not bought as is from furniture store.
Take a look at the video made regarding the First Light House in DC: