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U.H. Takes Its Place in the Sun

October 20, 2010

teamhawai‘i is proud to have been selected as one of 20 university teams worldwide to compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Lab. The competition challenges each team to design and build a solar powered house. The houses will be setup on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in fall 2011, and will be judged there by a panel of experts according to criteria within 10 contest categories. The houses will be open to the public for tours. The Solar Decathlon supports interdisciplinary education and research in renewable technologies, fosters public awareness of sustainable design, and encourages adoption of renewable energy technologies in today’s houses.

teamhawai‘i is proud to have been selected as one of 20 university teams worldwide to compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Lab. The competition challenges each team to design and build a solar powered house. The houses will be setup on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in fall 2011, and will be judged there by a panel of experts according to criteria within 10 contest categories. The houses will be open to the public for tours. The Solar Decathlon supports interdisciplinary education and research in renewable technologies, fosters public awareness of sustainable design, and encourages adoption of renewable energy technologies in today’s houses.

The academic team support for teamhawai‘i comes from administration, faculty, and students from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Architecture, College of Engineering, and Shidler College of Business, and Honolulu Community College. We are also pleased to have many alumni and professional community members involved as sponsors, advisors, and contributors.

teamhawai‘i’s project includes advancements in composite and renewable materials, photovoltaics, building-integrated heating and cooling systems, and house design tailored to tropical climates. The design incorporates innovative uses of material, energy, and systems,
and promotes appropriate ways of living for a more sustainable future. The team now has until next summer to recruit the best and brightest students, organize and distribute the work, perform cutting-edge research and design, and construct the house.

If you would like additional information, or would like to get involved
with teamhawai‘i‘s effort, please contact:

David Rockwood
teamhawai‘i : 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon,
Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Director, Construction Processes Innovations Lab.

School of Architecture, Room 3001A, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2410 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822

P: 808-956-8430 /E: rockwood@arch.hawaii.edu

Visit the teamhawai‘i website

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