(Hampton, Va.) - Hampton University and Old Dominion University students will begin construction on the solar-powered home for the Solar Decathlon 2013 on the HU campus with a groundbreaking ceremony on March 27, 2013 at 11a.m. The groundbreaking will be held adjacent to HU’s Bemis Laboratories.
HU and ODU, working together as Team Tidewater Virginia, represent one of 20 teams selected out of a highly competitive pool of international entrants for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2013. The Solar Decathlon challenges teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Team Tidewater’s entry for 2013 is the Canopy House.
Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, will speak at the groundbreaking ceremony. Team Tidewater will also showcase design renderings of the solar-powered home and answer questions about the design.
“We are really excited about the competition. To be a part of something where we represent HU and Virginia is an honor,” stated Marcus Thomas, a fifth-year architecture major at HU and assistant project manager for Team Tidewater. “We are ready to put our design into a functioning home that will not only be energy-efficient, but well designed for every consumer. ”
This is the second consecutive Solar Decathlon that Team Tidewater has been chosen to compete; having successfully participated in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Team Tidewater is drawing from the knowledge and experience of the last competition.
The Canopy House, inspired by the forest canopy, will spread above the home as the roof and will hold the solar panels that will capture the solar energy that will serve the home. The design harnesses the power of the sun, both as an energy-efficient method for providing heat and electricity, and as an integral foundation for the home’s innovative technology.
The Canopy House also integrates universal design strategies into the home. Universal design makes sustainable living accessible to all people, regardless of physical impairments and limitations. The Canopy House is designed to allow its owners to age-in-place comfortably, safely, and smartly.
For more information on Team Tidewater and their entry for the 2013 Solar Decathlon The Canopy House visit www.canopyhouse.org.