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Solar Decathlon 2009

Building Industry Workshops

Below are descriptions of the workshops offered at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009 on Building Industry Day, Thursday, Oct. 15. These documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. Download Adobe Reader.

Top 10 Green Project Awards

9 a.m.

American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects is the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology. This presentation will highlight this year's 10 winning projects and summarize proven methods to reduce energy use in regional- and place-specific ways. (PDF 11.6 MB)

Integrated Design: Delivery and Operations of Net-Zero Energy Buildings

10 a.m.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers

No abstract is available for this session. (PDF 3.7 MB)

Energy-Efficient Lighting Solutions for the Home

11 a.m.

Schneider Electric

This workshop addresses an array of energy-efficient lighting options, focusing on light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and compact fluorescent lamps. (PDF 3.7 MB)

LEED for Homes: Green From the Ground Up

12 p.m.

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED for Homes recognizes and celebrates leadership in high-quality green homebuilding. LEED certification is like a nutrition label; it clearly labels in measurable terms that the home has green, efficient features that have been third-party tested and verified. This session reviews the LEED for Homes program and includes case studies of LEED-certified homes. Learn exactly how the LEED for Homes program works, who is involved, and how to pursue LEED certification. (PDF 5.2 MB)

Incorporating Solar Into Residential New Construction

1 p.m.


Learn about key factors to consider before incorporating solar into new residential home construction. This workshop addresses elements to consider before construction begins, during construction, and once the home is complete. (PDF 1.6 MB)

Benefits of the Smart Grid

2 p.m.


Learn what the Smart Grid is, how it works, and what it means to you. (PDF 3.4 MB)

Solar at Night — Solar LED Applications

3 p.m.

Meteor Solar LED Lighting

This workshop provides an introduction to solar LED (light-emitting diode) lighting and addresses current and potential applications in construction and architecture. (PDF 1.5 MB)

Electronics — The Other Silicon in Solar

5 p.m.

Texas Instruments

Explore how silicon is used in solar electric panels and home electronics for energy production, energy transmission, and energy efficiency. (PDF 2.4 MB)