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Interdisciplinary Team Project - International Solar Decathlon

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Crossing Boundaries - Service Learning and Interdisciplinary Teams

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23.803.1 - 23.803.13



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James G Sullivan University of Florida

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James’ professional work experience includes consulting and lecturing on green construction techniques. His construction management experience includes work for Clark Construction, Bethesda, Maryland, and Hines, Inc., Atlanta , Georgia. His research focus has been on utilizing sustainable techniques in the construction industry form a contractor perspective. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Florida. His dissertation focus was on decision models relating to building outcomes and first costs. James is currently the Charles R. Perry Assistant Professor at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida, Gainesville. His course work includes construction techniques, high performance, and surveying. Dr. Sullivan served as a Co-PI for the UF Solar Decathlon house that competed in Madrid, Spain, in 2011, and is currently Co-PI for University of Florida and University of Nebraska Building Energy Efficient Homes for America Project. In addition he serves on state and national boards relating to construction job training and placement.

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Interdisciplinary Team Project - International Solar Decathlon Project AuthorThis paper reviews the participation of university students from various schools on a largeuniversity working towards delivering a United States Department of Energy Solar Decathloncompetition home to Madrid, Spain, in the summer of 2010. The study examines the hurdlesinvolved from schematic design through construction. It also identifies and details thecomposition of students involved across the almost two-year progress noting which college orschool the students resided in and the amount of effort put forth during the progress. The studyalso reviews the curriculum for which the project was integrated and how concepts from thehouse are used in curriculum Lessons learned and suggestions for future competitions are given.

Sullivan, J. G. (2013, June), Interdisciplinary Team Project - International Solar Decathlon Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19817

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