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Governor to grace Solar Decathlon team send off

August 28th, 2013 Comments off

vermont-governor-oeter-shumlin-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-pro-news-mhpronews-com-Norwich University and Middlebury College will co-host a send-off event for their student-teams competing in October in the international U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California. Governor Peter Shumlin will be the keynote speaker at the Statehouse event in Montpelier on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Norwich University President Richard Schneider and Middlebury College President Ronald Liebowitz will also speak at the event, which is set for from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., along with speakers who are student-team members. Unique aspects of their designs will be showcased and celebrated with complimentary refreshments and live music. The biennial solar home design competition will be held at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA. Oct. 3-13. The vtdigger tells MHProNews that Norwich’s home is named the DeltaT-90, while Middlebury’s is dubbed the InSite. ##

(Photo credit, Governor Peter Shumlin: VT.gov)

Modular Homes Competing in Solar Decathlon

August 13th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews posted April 17, 2013 regarding two Vermont schools competing in the U. S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in California October 3-13, a send-off event is slated at the Statehouse in Montpelier for the teams and their modular homes Sept. 10. Two of only 20 student teams in the world to be accepted, Norwich University’s affordable home is designed to withstand the rigors of New England living and promote conservation, while Middlebury College’s modular focuses on reconnecting people with their communities while emphasizing environmental, economic and social sustainability. The winner of the competition will have best demonstrated energy conservation, affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence, according to vtdigger.org. State officials and presidents of both schools will offer remarks at the event.

(Image credit: Middlebury College, Vermont)

Modular Homes from Vermont Schools in Solar Decathlon

April 17th, 2013 Comments off

SevenDaysVermont tells MHProNews two small Vermont schools will be competing against 18 mostly larger schools in the U. S. Dept. of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon to be held in October at Irvine, Calif. While this will be Norwich University’s first trip to the competition, Middlebury College placed fourth in its first outing in 2011, and its entry is now home to three students each semester on campus. Norwich’s Delta T-90 will focus on affordability and accessibility, with the longer goal of developing a solar-powered modular home that average Vermonters can afford. Collaborating with modular home builder Huntington Homes, the team is using local materials when possible for the 1,000 square foot totally solar-powered unit, including regionally-harvested northern white cedar for the exterior walls. The nine-foot ceilings give the feel of a much larger house, and the $150 a square cost makes it affordable for a couple with full-time minimum wage jobs. The Middlebury team’s modular house is constructed around an internal steel frame with 34 removable floor, roof and wall panels to control shipping costs. The insulation is blown cellulose (old newspaper treated with a fire retardant, and denim), and the exterior is recycled barn wood. 26 solar panels power the home that costs around $250 a square foot, and the green roof recycles rainwater.

(Image credit: SevenDaysVermont–top: Norwich University’s entry. bottom: Middlebury College’s entry)

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)