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Preparing for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Green Renewable Energy and Engineering Technology

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

22.1175.1 - 22.1175.10

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https://peer.asee.org/18621

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29

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Bill Hutzel Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Bill Hutzel is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University. He teaches and conducts applied research into high performance buildings and is one of the faculty advisors for Purdue's entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon.

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Otie Kilmer Purdue University

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Professor, Department of Art & Design

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Zhenyu Cheryl Qian Purdue University

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Cheryl Zhenyu Qian is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design in Industrial Design at Purdue University. She received a B.Arch. from Southeast University in China, M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees of Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University in Canada. She seeks to understand design as a cognitive process and to use computers to complement the capabilities of designers in creative and flexible ways. Apart from conducting research on design process, she also worked as an active designer, creating visual representations such as interactive and dynamic websites, 3D renderings and animations, developing multimedia courses to foster design education, analyzing use cases to improve multimedia repository design, and producing information visualization panels to support navigation.

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Rosemary L. Kilmer Purdue University

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Clark A Cory Purdue University

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Clark Cory joined the Computer Graphic Technology Department at Purdue University in 1999. Clark's primary professional responsibility is undergraduate instruction in architectural and construction graphic communication and visualization. He currently continues to develop & improve the Construction Graphics Communication specialty area within the Computer Graphics Department at Purdue. Clark has had over 35 years experience in the AEC industry with positions ranging from general laborer to project manager of residential & commercial structures and even designer. In addition to professional experience, teaching, and student organizations participation; Clark is currently involved in industry/educational partnerships with such companies as Holder Construction, Saterfield & Pontikes as well as software developers like AutoCAD & Argos Systems Inc. that develop and promote construction visualization, Building Information Modeling, 4D CAD, 5D CAD, animation for AEC, AEC illustration, smart house technology, and visual communication information which his primary areas of research.

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Travis Horton Civil Engineering

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Mark Shaurette Purdue University

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B.B.C.N., Building Construction, University of Florida, 1975
M.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980
Ph.D., College of Technology, Purdue University, 2007.

Research Areas
Building Energy Efficiency
Building Retrofit for Energy Use Reduction and Sustainability
Alternative Energy Sources for the Built Environment
Reuse and Recycling of Building Materials

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30+ years of construction industry experience includes owning and operating a custom homebuilding company in addition to senior management positions with one of the largest homebuilders in the nation as well as a regional commercial/residential development company. Worked as a research engineer for the National Association of Home Builders Research Foundation as a project manager for the EER energy efficiency research and demonstration residence. Currently teaches in and administers the Purdue Department of Building Construction Management’s Demolition and Reconstruction concentration, the first college level program in the nation with an emphasis on the management of demolition and reconstruction projects.

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Raymond Patrick Hassan Purdue University

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Jonathon Day Purdue University

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Abstract

Educational Impact of Purdue Solar Decathlon Bill Hutzel, Mechanical Engineering Technology Windell Kilmer, Interior Design Rosemary Kilmer, Interior Design Clark Cory, Computer Graphics Technology Travis Horton, Civil Engineering Mark Shaurette, Building Construction Management Zhenyu (Cheryl) Qian, Interaction Design Neal Widmer, Electrical & Computer Engineering TechnologyThis paper will discuss preparations at Purdue University for the 2011 Solar Decathlon, a high-profile international competition where teams of university students design, build, anddemonstrate solar powered homes. It is held every other year on the National Mall inWashington, DC and draws in excess of 300,000 spectators plus significant national andinternational media coverage. The event is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s long termstrategy for gradually moving the market for residential buildings closer to net zero energy. Inother words, the goal is that homes in the not too distant future will use renewable energy,typically solar and wind, to generate as much on-site energy as they consume on an annual basis.The name “Solar Decathlon” is used because the winning home is the one with the highestcumulative score in ten different events, including energy performance, marketability,architecture, and others.The scope of this project is large and fast-paced, even for a large university where studentsroutinely participate in a variety of national and international competitions. Students have a littlemore than one year to make their home a reality, but the project encompasses far more than that.Tasks like fundraising, public relations, marketing, and logistics are also significant efforts. Infact, the teamwork aspect of the Solar Decathlon might be one of the lasting legacies of theproject. Students and faculty from nearly a dozen different departments that wouldn’t normallyhave close collaborations are working together to get this project accomplished.The team is growing rapidly as the project evolves. At least 50 students will be official membersof the Solar Decathlon team and hundreds more will be involved in classes that feature someaspect as a class project. The potential impact will grow still further with the marketing andpublic relations efforts that are underway. We hope to construct the home at a highly visiblelocation on the Purdue University campus for direct outreach to students and then use a web site(http://www.purdue.edu/inhome/) and other social media like Twitter or Facebook to grow theaudience even further. The educational footprint of the Purdue solar decathlon could ultimatelyreach thousands of students, homeowners, and others interested in sustainability.

Hutzel, B., & Kilmer, O., & Qian, Z. C., & Kilmer, R. L., & Cory, C. A., & Horton, T., & Shaurette, M., & Hassan, R. P., & Day, J. (2011, June), Preparing for the 2011 Solar Decathlon Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18621

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