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September 21, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
If you ask Solar Decathlon director Richard King why the average person might want to swing by the U.S. Department of Energy's biennial competition when it opens in 12 days, he answers with a question of his own: "Where else can you see 20 houses so inspiring, side by side?" Indeed, on Sept. 23, 20 teams consisting of students from 30 schools as diverse as Stanford, El Paso Community College and the Vienna University of Technology begin assembling the most unusual housing tract to hit Orange County.
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BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
Los Angeles County could create tens of thousands of new jobs and reduce global-warming-causing carbon emissions if solar-voltaic panels are installed on just 5% of available rooftops, says a just-issued report. The study by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA, released Wednesday, predicts that 29,000 installer jobs would open up. Carbon emissions would be reduced by 1.25 million tons, the equivalent of taking a quarter of a million cars off the roads each year.
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NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
It's a student competition, an experiment in green design and the most interesting house tour of the year, all in one: Solar Decathlon 2013 will be open for the public to see 20 visions of modern living Friday through Sunday, and again Oct. 10 to 13. Though some of the houses play out like architectural experiments or class projects, others genuinely feel like polished, finished homes incorporating new technologies and the fresh thinking in design....
OPINION
October 16, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Welcome to the really, really green 'hood - 20 demonstration houses in Irvine's Great Park. Irvine is the cradle of the designed neighborhood, but not like this. These homes were designed and built to compete in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, which ended Sunday. The 20 teams came from universities around the world. Stanford's, which placed a respectable fifth, was led by Derek Ouyang, who grew up in Arcadia and is now a newly minted graduate with a double major in architectural design and civil and environmental engineering.
NEWS
October 12, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Austrian students from the Vienna University of Technology edged out the University of Nevada Las Vegas and 17 other collegiate teams Saturday in Irvine to win the 2013 Solar Decathlon, the closest finish to the sustainable house design competition since it started 11 years ago. PHOTO GALLERY: Final standings, all 19 Solar Decathlon teams Like 100-meter sprinters separated by hundredths of a second, Team Austria beat UNLV by 4.35 points...
NATIONAL
October 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A team of students from Germany's Technische Universitat Darmstadt won a weeklong competition on the National Mall for the best, most efficient and well-designed and -engineered solar home. A team from the University of Maryland finished second, and a team from Santa Clara University was third.
REAL ESTATE
August 31, 2003 | Shane Nelson
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has selected a five-student team from the USC School of Architecture to participate in its second Solar Decathlon competition. The team, led by building science professor Thomas Spiegelhalter, has two years to design, engineer and build a solar-powered two-story building on the USC campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
For the former Marine base long envisioned as a sprawling metropolitan park, Irvine officials say they're hopeful one upcoming event could help the Great Park live up to its name. The Solar Decathlon, a nationwide competition in which college students build environmentally friendly houses, will move in October from a Washington, D.C., greenbelt to the Great Park, drawing hundreds of entrants and even more visitors - filling hotel rooms, creating jobs and, perhaps more important, bringing prestige to the park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Past the neatly coordinated neighborhoods, the master-planned homes and immaculate lawns, on an old military runway in Irvine, a community that imagines life on a smaller scale has taken root. There, hundreds of college students from across the U.S., Canada and Europe have designed and built 19 solar-powered homes in a unique competition to see which will emerge as the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon is a rigorous competition - the rule book is 68 pages long and regulates everything from acceptable average interior temperature (71 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit)
OPINION
October 16, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Welcome to the really, really green 'hood - 20 demonstration houses in Irvine's Great Park. Irvine is the cradle of the designed neighborhood, but not like this. These homes were designed and built to compete in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, which ended Sunday. The 20 teams came from universities around the world. Stanford's, which placed a respectable fifth, was led by Derek Ouyang, who grew up in Arcadia and is now a newly minted graduate with a double major in architectural design and civil and environmental engineering.
NEWS
October 12, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Austrian students from the Vienna University of Technology edged out the University of Nevada Las Vegas and 17 other collegiate teams Saturday in Irvine to win the 2013 Solar Decathlon, the closest finish to the sustainable house design competition since it started 11 years ago. PHOTO GALLERY: Final standings, all 19 Solar Decathlon teams Like 100-meter sprinters separated by hundredths of a second, Team Austria beat UNLV by 4.35 points...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Past the neatly coordinated neighborhoods, the master-planned homes and immaculate lawns, on an old military runway in Irvine, a community that imagines life on a smaller scale has taken root. There, hundreds of college students from across the U.S., Canada and Europe have designed and built 19 solar-powered homes in a unique competition to see which will emerge as the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon is a rigorous competition - the rule book is 68 pages long and regulates everything from acceptable average interior temperature (71 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit)
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
The Czech Republic entry in the 2013 Solar Decathlon won the architecture portion of the 19-team university competition Friday, but as the event sped toward its conclusion Sunday at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, a team of students from Austria surged into the overall lead. Czech Technical University students placed first in the architecture judging with a minimalist studio partially wrapped in wood slat canopy. As we noted in a previous article , the design not only cools living spaces with beautiful simplicity but also creates ethereal moments when walking through the structure.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Sam Lubell, This article has been corrected, as indicated below
Although it was designed in Vienna, Team Austria's entry for the 2013 Solar Decathlon seems better suited to the event's sun-washed setting in Southern California. Wall-to-wall sliding glass pocket doors open up most of the home to the outdoors, including two large decks. Breezes flow through without impediment. Native California plants -- rented for the decathlon, so as not to waste resources -- sit at your feet on the porch, and above float fabric canopies that can retract when the sun isn't out. "We studied the California climate very carefully," team member Katharina Bauer said.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Kitchens moved outside. So did rugs, lamps and the dining table. Now we even have the outdoor bed. It was inevitable that curtains and window shades would follow suit. At the 2013 Solar Decathlon, the university design competition on view through Sunday at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, the phenomenon is driven by function, not style. Several teams have deployed louvers, blinds and screens on the homes' exteriors to block sunlight and its accompanying heat before they enter the house, not after they have passed through a window or glass door.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Craig Nakano and Dianne de Guzman
Solar Decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy biennial student competition to design and build modern sustainable houses, was forced to close temporarily on Friday because of the Santa Ana winds whipping through the competition site at the Great Park in Irvine. About 1:30 p.m., however, officials said the houses would reopen for public touring around 2:30 this afternoon. Portions of the related green design expo remained temporarily closed Friday. [ Update: The green design expo reopened Saturday.]
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Sam Lubell
When members of Team Capitol DC began their Solar Decathlon project two years ago, they were struck by the troubles facing recently returned veterans, some of whom were homeless. The team's Harvest Home is meant to be part of the solution: It will serve as a transitional residence near San Diego for a wounded veteran, a patient at the Veterans Affairs medical center in La Jolla who prefers not to be identified. After he leaves the house, other veterans will live in it, all part of a program run by local nonprofit Wounded Warrior Homes . FULL COVERAGE: Solar Decathlon 2013 main page Team Capitol DC -- made up of students from Catholic, George Washington and American universities --designed their house as a place of calm and healing, specifically for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or brain trauma.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
It's a student competition, an experiment in green design and the most interesting house tour of the year, all in one: Solar Decathlon 2013 will be open for the public to see 20 visions of modern living Friday through Sunday, and again Oct. 10 to 13. Though some of the houses play out like architectural experiments or class projects, others genuinely feel like polished, finished homes incorporating new technologies and the fresh thinking in design....
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Sam Lubell
While showing flickers of promise, smart homes -- residences that digitally monitor and regulate energy use and technology in the house -- have yet to take off in the U.S. But at the Solar Decathlon in Irvine, they're everywhere. Almost every residence in the U.S. Department of Energy college competition uses some form of the technology, which has evolved quickly in recent years, competition manager Joe Simon said. He was a contestant with the University of Illinois in 2007 and 2009.
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