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Virginia Tech to Compete in Solar Decathlon
June 9, 2009

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. The Solar Decathlon Madrid competition is modeled on the biennial U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. In these decathlons, universities compete to design and build a self-sufficient house using solar power as the only source of energy. The final phase of the U.S. competition takes place in the National Mall in Washington D.C., where the universities are judged in 10 categories.

The Virginia Tech team will enter the house they are developing for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in October 2009 under lead faculty Joseph Wheeler, associate professor of architecture, School of Architecture + Design; Robert Dunay, the T. A. Carter Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture + Design; and Robert Schubert, associate dean of research, College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

The Virginia Tech house is currently under construction in Blacksburg. Students from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and the Pamplin College of Business compose the student team.


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