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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)

Solar Decathlon Brings Variety of Modular Houses

September 26th, 2011 Comments off

Reuters reports the U.S. Energy Department’s Solar Decathlon competition resulted in an array of modular homes built by collegiate design teams from across the globe. The homes have to be between 600 and 1000 square feet, no taller than 18 feet, and solar powered. The CHIP (compact hyper-insulated prototype) House, from Caltech and the Southern California Institute of Technology, wears its insulation on the outside—it is wrapped in white vinyl. Its shape is to facilitate the movement of air, and most of the electric devices are controlled by an iPad and XBOX 360 Kinect. Utilizing available space in a large urban area, the City College of New York students built a house to sit atop a high-rise residential or commercial building. Canada’s University of Calgary students designed a tortoise-style TRTL (technological residence, traditional living) house with the solar panels resembling the shell. The offering from Tongji University in China is a Y-shaped modular house, utilizing triangular shapes in everything from furnishings to flooring. The homes are judged on the basis of affordability, appliances, architecture, comfort zone, communications, energy balance, engineering, home entertainment, hot water and market appeal. The event will continue through Oct. 2 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

(photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy)