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Going Green- Now & Tomorrow

October 2, 2009

Going Green- Designing for Now & Tomorrow

Virginia Tech’s Lumenhaus If you happen to be in Washington DC, this October any time between the 9th – 13th or 15th – 18th you don’t want to miss the Solar Decathlon. Taking place on The National Mall, this technological showcase is hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and is a competition between 20 teams of college and university students from around the globe.

Each of the 20 teams competes to design, build and operate the most esthetically appealing, effective solar-powered home.

The 10 Solar Decathlon Contests for 2009 are-

What to Expect

Expect thousands to converge on the Mall during the event to witness the best creative minds can do. The sky is the limit or should I say, the Sun! Combining the best of architectural design and furnishings, with high energy efficient solar and other technologies within each home, this promises to be an amazing spectacle.

The public can explore the homes entered into the competition and to learn more, you can visit the event’s main tent or attend workshops in the solar village. The Solar Decathlon houses will be open for public tours 11 a.m.­–3 p.m. Monday–Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Please note that all homes will be closed Wed., Oct. 14. I can’t wait to see all the entries!

To learn more visit-

Cornell 2009

University of Colorado, Denver and Boulder - KitchenTeam Montreal students put together their solar powered home on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.














Carnegie Melon University









A Glimpse into the Now

The following short clip highlights the University of Virginia’s contest entry named the “LumenHaus”. Considering all this eco-friendly technology is now currently available, one can only imagine what beautiful delights our bright future has in store for us. Once again, to learn more including daily showings, visit-


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