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Solar House Makes A Move
September 1, 2009

Lumenhaus: Virginia Tech’s 2009 solar house team recently moved its 800-square-foot entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, known as LUMENHAUS, from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ Research + Demonstration Facility on Plantation Road to the Blacksburg Square shopping center on South Main Street.

LUMENHAUS is a zero-energy home that can be completely powered by the sun. Other sustainable features include the use of passive energy systems, radiant heating, and building materials that are from renewable and/or recyclable sources.

Moving LUMENHAUS to Blacksburg Square will allow the Solar Decathlon team to attach solar panels to the roof and add other finishing touches before its next stop, Washington D.C.

The house will be displayed outside the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. for most of September. In October, LUMENHAUS will be on the National Mall along with other entrants in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009. And Virginia Tech is one of only two U.S. universities invited to compete in the first Solar Decathlon Europe, which will take place in Madrid in June 2010.


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