Oct
12
2009

UofMN Solar Decathlon entry, ICON

ICON Univ of MN Solar Decathlon enty: crane lowers a section of roof onto the University of Minnesota's Icon House, which arrived on the Mall Oct. 2. The house arrived several days late because of transport difficulties.
ICON Univ of MN Solar Decathlon enty: crane lowers a section of roof onto the University of Minnesota's Icon House, which arrived on the Mall Oct. 2. The house arrived several days late because of transport difficulties.Courtesy Richard King/U.S. Department of Energy

20 Solar houses compete in fourth Solar Decathlon

I hope to one day live in a house that produces more energy than it uses. A competition between 20 such houses is going on right now on the Mall in Washington DC. The Solar Decathlon joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house. Points awarded in ten categories determine the overall winner. As of today (Mon) we have climbed up to 7th place(click for most recent rankings).

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Lots of ways to learn about solar housing design

I have been excitedly working my way through information as it comes in. You can follow a umn_solar_house Twitter feed and there is an ICON Facebook fan page. The Solar Decathalon landing page allows you to jump to photos, videos, and team websites(not working? Try the site map). The University of Minnesota's ICON landing page branches off into a blog, a virtual tour, and lots of educational pages about design. The media (WCCO News and Washington Post) and bloggers (myself included) will be all over this. I recommend GetEnergySmartNow.com's cheat sheet and their overview of the UMN ICON house. You can also download a 966KB PDF media kit about the Solar Decathlon.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The Univ of MN ICON design was chosen for the photo in today's New York Times article about solar living.

posted on Tue, 10/13/2009 - 8:55am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The Minnesota team jumped from 7th to 5th place. Two days to go.

posted on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 6:53pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The Minnesota team took first place in the lighting division. Also, here is a link to what Popular Mechanics said about their ICON solar home.

posted on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 10:07pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

MN gets best in engineering

Just announced, we won FIRST place in engineering! Congratulations team, well done!

posted on Fri, 10/16/2009 - 8:11am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

It's good to know that our engineering students can out perform the Gopher football team!!!

posted on Fri, 10/16/2009 - 10:16am
MatsuHaru's picture
MatsuHaru says:

ya because alot of people have alot of energy that they can use for inpoortant causes

posted on Wed, 03/24/2010 - 11:32am
christine!'s picture
christine! says:

i really think that we should build more solar power sytems in our area!

posted on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 11:39am

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