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Solar Decathlon Students Present Innovative Design Ideas at International Builders’ Show

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Photo of Mark Taylor speaking to an audience from a podium on a small stage. His presentation is displayed behind him on a large screen.

Mark Taylor, assistant professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explains Re_home’s concept.

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy helped kick off the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida, with an educational session titled “The New Class of Affordable Solar Housing.”  Led by Solar Decathlon Director Richard King and featuring students from five Solar Decathlon 2011 teams, the session raised awareness among building industry professionals about energy efficiency and solar energy. 

The presenters were:

  • Manny Dorticos, Chrissy Perez, and Deana Sritalapat (Florida International University)
  • Nick Albizati and Christopher Steffens (Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology)
  • Eric Holt (Purdue University)
  • Tobias Danielmeier (New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Mark Taylor (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
Eric Holt speaks into a microphone while Richard King, other decathletes, and the audience look on.

Eric Holt of Purdue University answers an audience question.

The student teams each presented their Solar Decathlon house concept, discussed their design process, and answered audience questions.

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