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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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