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October 5-15, 2017

Solar Decathlon Blog - Las Vegas

Below you will find Solar Decathlon news from the Las Vegas archive, sorted by date.

The Many Fates of Former Solar Decathlon Houses

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

By Linda Silverman

Compelling. That’s what the stories behind the Solar Decathlon represent to me. Normally, I am focused on the current competition – working with the university teams and our partners to host the Energy Department’s largest public event showcasing student-built solar houses. But lately, I’ve had the chance to learn more about where the 2013 and 2015 competition houses ended up as part of a major website update. That’s why I’m proud to say our Where are the Houses Now historical archive now covers the fate of all past U.S. Solar Decathlon competition houses from 2002 to 2015.

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Technology Spotlight: Heat Pumps

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

By Irene Ying

Temperature control, whether heating water for a bath in winter or cooling a bedroom on a blazing summer day, is essential to a comfortable home.

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DesertSol Makes Senator Reid Feel at Home

Thursday, September 4, 2014

By Carol Laurie

On Aug. 28, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid visited DesertSol—the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) house that won second place overall in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. Now located permanently at the Springs Preserve in central Las Vegas, Nevada, DesertSol has been one of the Preserve’s most popular attractions since it opened to the public in March 2014.

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What Makes a House a Home?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

By Carol Laurie

A house is just a building until people live in it. Then it becomes a home.

Although U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon houses are not lived in during competition, Solar Decathlon visitors may ask themselves whether they could be comfortable homes when stepping through their thresholds.

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Vienna University of Technology Wins Solar Decathlon 2013!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

By Solar Decathlon

Team Austria from the Vienna University of Technology has won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.

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European Teams Top Architecture and Communications Contests

Friday, October 11, 2013

By Solar Decathlon

Czech Technical University took first place in the highly competitive Architecture Contest and Vienna University of Technology received top honors in the Communications Contest this morning at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.

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Affordability and Market Appeal Contest Winners Announced!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Solar Decathlon

At an awards ceremony this morning, winners of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Affordability and Market Appeal contests took center stage by demonstrating that innovative, energy-efficient houses can be cost-effective and appealing to a variety of target markets.

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Hangout With Solar Decathlon 2013 Teams on Sept. 18!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By Rebecca Matulka

Editor’s Note: This entry has been cross-posted from DOE’s Energy Blog.

Photo of a Solar Decathlon house at night. Superimposed is the following text: “Solar Decathlon 2013: The Path to a Brighter Future. Energy.gov/live. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at p.m. ET. #askSD.”

Mark your calendars for a Google+ Hangout on Solar Decathlon 2013: The Path to a Brighter Future on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. ET.

For more than 10 years, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon has been preparing the next wave of energy leaders—providing hands-on experience in designing and building energy-efficient, solar-powered houses. As teams put the finishing touches on their entries for this year’s event—which is less than three weeks away—a few teams are taking time to answer your questions about what it takes to be a solar decathlete and how the competition will impact their careers.

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