Solar Decathlon 2013 Is Underway

October 3, 2013 · Print This Article

The biennial competition to build appealing, appealing, solar-powered homes is now underway, with the 2013 Solar Decathlon’s opening ceremonies being held today. Unlike previous years, when the event has been held on the National Mall in Washington DC, this year the Decathlon is being held in Irvine CA. Nineteen teams from across the US and Canada, as well as teams from Austria and the Czech Republic are taking part in this year’s

event.

The Solar Decathlon is made up of 10 different events judging a range of features of these designs, including their energy performance, the livability of each house, and the overall construction budget. This year’s entrants are targeting an estimated real-world construction cost of not more than $250,000.

In addition to the competition itself, there is an exposition called XPO being held adjacent to the Decathlon. This program […]

[Source] Cynthia

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