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2011 Solar Decatholon modular and prefab home winners

October 5th, 2011 Comments off

Maryland Team US DOE Solar Decathlon 2011 overall winnerCleantechnica reports on the winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon held in the National Mall in Washington, DC.  The homes featured were modular and prefabricated housing solar powered designs. The overall winner was Team Maryland (University of Maryland), as shown in the photo. “Maryland is a well-experienced team. After taking second place in 2007, they rested and regrouped in 2009 and came to West Potomac Park in 2011 focused and determined to win,” said Solar Decathlon Director Richard King. “In addition, Maryland’s Watershed is a beautiful house, judged first place in Architecture, which also performed impeccably in measured contests. This team mastered their strategies to ensure they excelled in all 10 contests.” Maryland won overall and in architecture. Communications: Middlebury College. Affordability: Team Belgium AND Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens University (Tie).  People’s Choice Award: Appalachian State. Market Appeal: Middlebury College. Engineering: New Zealand. Home Entertainment: Middlebury College. Appliances: Illinois. Hot Water: New Zealand, Tennessee, Parsons NS Stevens, Appalachian State, Maryland, Ohio State, SCI-Arc/Caltech (7-Way Tie). Comfort Zone: Ohio State. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu office announced the overall final standings as follows:

1. Maryland
2. Purdue
3. New Zealand
4. Middlebury College
5. Ohio State
6. SCI-Arc/Caltech (tie)
7. Illinois
8. Tennessee
9. Team Massachusetts
10. Canada
11. Florida Int’l
12. Appalachian State
13. Parsons NS Stevens
14. Tidewater Virginia
15. Team China
16. Team Belgium
17. Team New York
18. Team New Jersey
19. Team Florida

(Editor’s note: For 5 previous articles and a video on this contest, put the keywords 2011 Solar Decathlon into the search box near the top right of the Daily Business News page.)

(photo credit: cleantechnica)

Washington DC Modular/PreFab Home 2011 Solar Decathlon video report

September 29th, 2011 Comments off has been reporting recently on some of the entries in the 2011 Solar Decathlon that is taking place on the National Mall in Washington DC. Once every two years, the Solar Decathlon competition takes place. Teams in the 2011 Solar Decathlon include entries from California, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Belgium, Canada, China and New Zealand, to name a few. These homes are made using prefabricated (pre-fab) or modular construction, and must be all electric, transportable and must be solar powered. This video report gives you a quick sense of some of the forward thinking ideas and innovations that could shape and influence the factory built housing market for years to come. The Solar Decathlon also is a platform that makes factory built homes

(Video credit: Inhabitat and YouTube)

Canadian Solar Decathlon Entry Blends design with cultural sensitivity

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

Team Canada solar decathlon photo CleanEnergyAuthorityClearnEnergyAuthority reports that Team Canada’s entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C this week uses native cultural design for their solar home. “In Canada, and I’m sure in North America, cultural considerations have been largely left out of the process of building homes, and that omission doesn’t represent the different needs of First Nation cultures,” said Johann Kyser, aboriginal relations team manager. Kyser says that First Nation citizens in Canada are restricted in regards to housing rights. One law states that a house built on First Nation reserve land becomes part of Canada, instead of remaining sovereign.  “That’s why we are creating a modular structure,” said Kyser. “We are hoping this becomes a means to allow first nations to develop and build equity and leverage.” “Mold and burn are critical problems in First Nation housing right now,” Kyser said. “Rates of fire are twice that in non native communities. So, we are using magnesium oxide as a building material, which is impervious to mold and fire—beyond the culture and beyond the technology, we are creating safety.” “Aboriginal cultures are very connected to the land and spirituality,” said Kyser. “One of the things we look to is the medicine wheel—each of the four colors on the wheel symbolizes a connection to the elements. One of the places you will really see this connection to color in the home is painted on the winter count, on the canvas under the roof. We worked with the community to explore what their values are—it’s an active system and an integrated system, as well.”

(Photo credit: CleanEnergyAuthority)