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The Tuskegee University Solar Decathlon House Entry: A Critical Assessment

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.1298.1 - 9.1298.13

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Massoud (Mike) Safavi

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James Strueber

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Mike Safavi, James Strueber Tuskegee University


This paper describes Tuskegee University’s entry in the First Solar Decathlon Contest, sponsored by The Department of Energy. First, the project goals, design, construction, logistics of moving the house to the Capital’s Mall, setup, and testing are described; then an analysis of the project success and failures is presented.

In 2000, The Department of Energy (DOE), British Petroleum Solar (BP Solar), and The American Institute of Architects (AIA), challenged all the American Schools of Architecture, Construction Science, and Engineering to design and build a house that used only the power of the sun for all its energy sources. Additional requirements were that the house include all the normal livability and comfort required in a typical residence. The initial selection process narrowed the proposals to 11 of the entrants, which were to build and display their entry on the Capital Mall. This number increased to the final 14 contestants by spring 2002. Each applicant received a $5,000 startup grant with all additionally required funds raised by the individual schools. The amounts raised ranged from a low of $200,000 to a high of over $1.5 million.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Safavi, M. M., & Strueber, J. (2004, June), The Tuskegee University Solar Decathlon House Entry: A Critical Assessment Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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