Under Construction: Solar Decathlon 2007

Posted By on August 15, 2007

UC Solar homeAs previously mentioned, 20 university teams using innovation, technology and creative design ideas will be competing to build energy efficient model homes in U.S. Department of Energy’s 2007 Solar Decathlon. Graduate and undergraduate students are working to build the most usable and energy-efficient solar-powered homes. They will be finishing up their models next month and shipping them to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for final touches; they will be on display this fall in a sort of solar village. The entries will be judged in 10 contests to determine an overall number one design and all will be powered by only the energy from the sun.

Although I’m from Cincinnati, and UC has an entry, I’m pulling for the team from Santa Clara University where my daughter’s close friend Nora is assisting on their entry. She sent me a few photos and mentioned one unique feature, a ‘secret’ (well that may be a stretch) Nana wall; it sounds like something all of us with south facing walls/windows could use in our homes. Below are two of the many photos she sent showing their project nearing completion. Thanks for the update Nora.
Santa Clara University Solar Decathlon Home Underconstruction
Also, here’s a link to a California ABC affiliates article and video on the SCU project.


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