On Friday, February 10 at UNLV’s School of Architecture, a crowd gathered to celebrate the fact that UNLV has been selected as one of twenty teams to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, an international competition to design and build an approximately 800 square foot home that will aim to be net zero energy.
The home will be constructed and tested at the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA. The design integrates sustainability into the built environment and incorporates all of the high-tech opportunities (smart walls, smart ECS interfaces, solar thermal, PV, etc.) without focusing the design solely on these systems.
Team Las Vegas consists of students and faculty from UNLV’s Architecture, Engineering, Business and Communications departments. The two-year effort will be integrated into UNLV’s curriculum.
The atmosphere at Friday’s celebration was decidedly festive as many members of the community joined together to take great pride in this accomplishment.
Congratulations to UNLV’s Solar Decathlon Team! It isn’t that we don’t love to be a national force in basketball, but it is really nice to be known for something else.
Marti Ashcraft is an Energy Lawyer who is a member of the Nevada Sustainable Energy Coalition Steering Committee and blogs regularly on related subjects. More for information, go to www.ashcraftlawyers.com.