The 11 teams competing in this year’s Solar Decathlon in October began reconstructing their houses in Denver over the weekend.
All teams built their fully self-contained house entries at their home bases, then broke them down and shipped them to Denver for the event. It will take the students nine days to rebuild their houses, which will make up the Solar Decathlon village. The village will be open to the public starting Oct. 5.
The houses will be judged in 10 contest that will evaluate their readiness for real-world living.
Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy Energy Policy Podcast host Jeff Lyng on Sept. 21 spoke about his experience on the 2005 winning Solar Decathlon Team. He said that building the homes for the Solar Decathlon is an intense process, and the students who stick with the project realize that it’s a way to get training and differentiate themselves from job applicants. Having the Solar Decathlon on a resume is an “incredible icebreaker” for job interviews, he said.
Visitors to the Solar Decathlon see the solar village and houses, but Lyng said that what they don’t see is how much growth and learning the students have gone through to get there.
See the House Entries Here
Lead image credit: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon on YouTube