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Correction Alters Affordability Contest Results

Friday, September 30, 2011

By Joe Simon

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon organizers have corrected the Affordability Contest results after discovering a minor error in the scoring spreadsheet calculations.

Although they do not change overall competition standings, the corrected numbers have changed the outcome of the Affordability Contest, including:

  • With its E-Cube now correctly valued at $249,568.09, Team Belgium (Ghent University) moved into the tie for first place with Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens University (which includes Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School). The cost estimation of Parsons NS Stevens did not have change.
  • Unfortunately, Purdue University has moved from first into second place; the value of INhome is now estimated at $257,853.70 instead of $249,568.09.

The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology cost estimate remained unchanged, and the team retained its third-place position with CHIP, valued at $262,495.11.

“The Solar Decathlon organizers want, above all, to ensure the integrity of our competition and contest results,” said Richard King, director of the Solar Decathlon. “We regret that some of the teams have been affected by this error but, in the end, feel teams can be reassured that our processes are fair.”

See the updated contest results for more information.

Joe Simon is the competition manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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