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Exciting Event in the Pacific Northwest

Posted on Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 2:14 pm by Solar Energy USA

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Finalists:

A special Pacific NW exhibition

 August 13, 2010,  1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (One-day only)

The American Institute of Building Design

60th Annual Convention & Trade Show

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

1401 SW Naito Parkway

Portland, Oregon

Ten years ago this spring, the U.S. Department of Energy invited colleges and universities to compete in the inaugural Solar Decathlon, a competition to design, build, and demonstrate a solar-powered house on the National Mall. Since the first Solar Decathlon in the fall of 2002, the program has unleashed the creative Power of architecture and engineering students to rethink the role of energy efficiency and solar power in particular?in home design and raised public awareness on the topic. The Solar Decathlon challenges student teams to integrate reliable and efficient solar power with excellent design, resourceful engineering, and affordable systems.

This exhibit is the only Pacific Northwest opportunity to view these models first hand.

The teams in this exhibition have already competed against their peers for one of the 20 places in the solar village. To secure a spot on the National Mall, each team submitted extensive proposals, including models of their conceptual designs. With Solar Decathlon 2011 still more than a year away, all are hard at work designing their houses. The teams competing in Solar Decathlon 2011 are the most diverse yet, representing five countries on four continents, illustrating the promise of solar energy in a variety of geographic locations and climates.

 More information about the AIBD and the full event schedule can be found at