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Archive for October, 2013

Housing Innovation Awards Showcase Benefits of Energy Efficiency at Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO

Friday, October 4, 2013

By Perry Luksin

The first-ever Housing Innovation Awards were presented in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO today in Irvine, California, and focused on four building categories: DOE Challenge Home BuildersHome Performance with ENERGY STAR Participating Contractors, Excellence in Building Science Educator of the Year, and Building America Top Innovations. The Housing Innovation Awards recognize a diverse group of industry leaders who are helping communities across the country save money and energy and are leading the way to affordable, comfortable zero net-energy ready homes. The Housing Innovation Awards support the Energy Department’s commitment to help harness American ingenuity to commercialize and deploy cutting-edge technologies, as well as to promote improving the energy efficiency of the U.S. housing stock.


Let the Competition Begin!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

By Carol Anna

With a snip of giant scissors, a ribbon holding back throngs of student decathletes, sponsors, officials, and other well-wishers fell aside, and the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 officially opened.


Discover Much More Than Houses at Solar Decathlon 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

By Carol Anna

Visiting the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 is all about touring solar-powered houses designed, built, and operated by collegiate teams from four countries.

Or is it?


The Power of 2,000

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

By Richard King

If you have to solve a problem, it’s generally true that two heads are better than one. But imagine having 2,000.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges 20 university teams to design and build the best house that’s ever been built—a modern, fully sustainable house that can produce all its own energy. That’s a huge challenge, and it takes motivated students and faculty to do it. The universities recruit 40 to 100 students and faculty to form a team, and in some cases, teams total more than 100 members. That’s a lot of brain power! Now consider that 19 other universities are doing the same thing, and the brain power is multiplied even more. During the past two years, some 2,000 students and faculty have been working hard to design and build the best houses they can.


Despite Government Shutdown, the Solar Decathlon Will Continue as Planned

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

By Solar Decathlon

Despite the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 competition will continue as planned.

The Solar Decathlon is funded by a mix of last year’s federal funding and at least 30 private-sector sponsors. Student teams from across the country and around the world have worked for two years to design and build their solar-powered, energy-efficient houses and have been working onsite for the past week to prepare for this highly-anticipated event. Federal employee participation is limited to personnel necessary to allow the show to proceed.




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