WASHINGTON, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that it is serving as a sponsor of Empowerhouse, a team participating in the 2011 Solar Decathlon Competition, which will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this fall. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, this biennial competition challenges college students to design, build, and operate a solar-powered house. Jones Lang LaSalle is supporting the Empowerhouse team, which is composed of more than 100 students from a range of disciplines within Parsons The New School for Design, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, and Stevens Institute of Technology. In addition to the competition home, the students are taking their project a step further. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, the team will build a second home in Deanwood, a neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D.C. At the conclusion of the competition, the two homes will be joined together to provide housing for two local families. In addition to providing financial support to the Empowerhouse team, Jones Lang LaSalle is providing in-kind services and expertise from its Project and Development Services group to build the houses on the mall and in Deanwood. In addition, Jones Lang LaSalle employees in the Washington region will participate in four Habitat for Humanity team builds and will participate in events associated with the Empowerhouse. "Jones Lang LaSalle is committed to the development and implementation of innovative strategies that use energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings," said Michael Ellis, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle's Mid-Atlantic region. "We are also proud to be working on a project that will benefit low-income families in the Washington, D.C. community." "Empowerhouse wouldn't be possible without the support of sponsors such as Jones Lang LaSalle," said Laura Briggs, Chair of Sustainable Architecture at Parsons The New School of Design and lead faculty on the project. "Our home will be a model for affordable, energy-efficiency, net-zero housing that can be replicated around the globe." The homes will adhere to Passive House principles and will consume 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a typical home, incorporating energy-efficient appliances, maximizing natural light, photovoltaic panels and micro-mechanical systems. Empowerhouse is one of 20 teams competing in the Solar Decathlon. The houses are judged and measured in 10 categories: architecture, market appeal, engineering, communications, affordability, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and energy balance. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence.