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Statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011:
· Even though a majority of the competition days were cloudy, seven out of the 19 houses produced more energy than they consumed
· 357,000 house visits were provided to the public during 10 days
· 92,000 votes were cast for the People’s Choice Award, more than five times the number of votes cast during the previous competition
· A new Affordability Contest was featured, demonstrating the reasonable cost of many energy-saving home improvement products and design solutions available today
· Approximately 4,000 collegiate students earned valuable experience by building an energy efficient house with peers in other disciplines, helping them prepare to enter the clean energy workforce
· Collegiate teams from five countries and four continents participated
Solar Decathlon 2011 teams that competed on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park:
Solar Decathlon 2011 Final Scores and Standings
|13.||Parsons NS Stevens||828.816|
|17.||Team New York||677.356|
|18.||Team New Jersey||669.352|
Solar Decathlon 2011 Individual Contest Winners
Affordability (Awarded Tuesday, September 27, 2011) Contest
Empowerhouse of Parsons New School of Design and Stevens Institute of Technology tied first place with E-Cube of Belgium’s Ghent University.
and Team Belgium Ghent University’s E-Cube
tied for first and earned the full 100 points in the contest by constructing houses estimated to cost $229,890 and $249,568, respectively. New for the Solar Decathlon 2011, the Affordability contest encouraged teams to design and build affordable houses that combine energy efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems. A professional estimator determined the construction cost of each house. Teams earned 100 points for achieving a target construction cost of $250,000 or less. A sliding point scale was applied to houses with estimated construction costs between $250,001 and $600,000.
Appliances (Awarded Saturday, October 1, 2011) Contest
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
took first place and earned 99.955 out of 100 possible points by outperforming the other 18 houses in keeping its refrigerator and freezer cold, washing and drying loads of laundry during the contest week, and running a dishwasher during the competition. The Appliances Contest is designed to mimic the appliance use of an average U.S. house.
Architecture (Awarded Wednesday, September 28, 2011) Contest
Maryland took first place in the Architecture Contest
and earned 96 points out of a possible 100. A jury of architects judged homes on the aesthetic and functional elements of the home’s design; integration and energy efficiency of electrical and natural light; inspiration and delight to Solar Decathlon visitors; and documentation including drawings, a project manual, and an audiovisual architecture presentation that accurately reflect the constructed project on the competition site.
Comfort Zone (Awarded Saturday, October 1, 2011) Contest
Ohio State University topped the contestants in the Comfort Zone Contest,
with 98.652 out of 100 points for maintaining indoor temperatures between 71 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity below 60 percent.
Communications (Awarded Friday, September 30, 2011) Contest
Middlebury College’s communications efforts,
including communications plans, student-led tours, and team website, were judged by a jury of website and public relations experts, and won the contest with a score of 90 points out of a possible 100 points.
Engineering (Awarded Thursday, September 29, 2011) Contest
New Zealand won the Engineering contest,
which was evaluated by a group of prominent engineers, who determined which solar home best exemplified excellence in functionality, efficiency, innovation, reliability and documentation of its energy systems. New Zealand scored 93 out of a possible 100 points.
Home Entertainment (Awarded Saturday, October 1, 2011) Contest
Middlebury College earned 98.560 out of a possible 100 points in this contest, which required students to use electricity generated by their solar houses to run interior and exterior lights, a TV, a computer, and a kitchen appliance to boil water. Teams were also required to hold two dinner parties and a movie night for neighbors.
Hot Water (Awarded Saturday, October 1, 2011) Contest
Seven teams tied for first and earned the full 100 points in the Hot Water contest’s “shower tests,” which aimed to deliver 15 gallons of hot water in ten minutes or less. Of course, the water was heated by the sun. Tying for top honors in this contest were: Appalachian State University, University of Maryland, New Zealand’s Ghent University, Ohio State University, Parsons NS Stevens, SCI-Arc/Caltech, and Tennessee.
Energy Balance (Awarded Saturday, October 1, 2011) Contest
Seven teams tied for first and earned the full 100 points in the Energy Balance contest. Teams earned points for producing at least as much energy as their houses needed during the contest week. The teams accomplished this by balancing production and consumption. Tying for top honors in this contest were: Florida International,
Illinois, Maryland, New Zealand, Purdue, SCI-Arc/Caltech, and Tennessee.
Market Appeal (Awarded Saturday, October 1, 2011) Contest
Middlebury College won the Market Appeal contest, which evaluated whether the cost-effective construction and solar technology in a team’s design would create a viable product on the open market. Judges gauged market appeal based on three criteria: livability, marketability and constructability. Middlebury earned 95 points out of a possible 100 as judged by the professional jury.
More about the Solar Decathlon
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate students from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, highly energy efficient, attractive, and easy to live in. The competition shows consumers how to save money and energy with affordable clean energy products that are available today. The nearly two-year projects culminated in an unprecedented display of affordable green living and design on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park from September 23 – October 2, 2011. The Solar Decathlon also provides participating students with hands-on experience and unique training that prepares them to enter our nation’s clean energy workforce, supporting the Obama Administration’s goal of transitioning to a clean energy economy while saving families and businesses money.
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