Solar Decathlon 2011
Home Entertainment Contest
The Home Entertainment Contest in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 gauged whether a house had what it takes to be a home. How well did it accommodate the pleasures of living, such as sharing meals with friends and family, watching movies in a home theater, and surfing the Web? How well did it accommodate a small home office for a telecommuter?
The contest included:
Holding two dinner parties for neighbors, who awarded the host team points based on the quality of the meal, ambiance, and overall experience
Keeping all interior and exterior house lights on during specified periods of time
Operating a television and computer during specified time periods
Hosting a movie night for neighbors, who rated their hosts based on the quality and design of the home theater system as well as ambiance and overall experience
Simulating cooking by using a kitchen appliance to vaporize 5 pounds (80 oz or 2.268 kg) of water within a specified period of time.