University Innovators Tackle Housing: Vote for Your Favorite!

Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
The goal is well-defined. The rules are strict. Penalties are stiff. But imagination is unlimited!

Twenty collegiate teams representing 28 universities from four countries accepted the challenge to design and build the home of the future - an energy-efficient, affordable, and attractive home no larger than 1,000 square feet - and then to compete against each other to test their unique solutions to every day issues like cooking a meal, doing a load of wash, and keeping the house at a comfortable temperature.

Most teams have been working nearly two years on the project and have experimented with different building materials, consumer acceptance, technology integration, and aesthetics. They have thought through design elements for a variety of audiences including disabled veterans in DC, empty-nesters in the Czech Republic, and sun-worshipping Californians. The creativty students bring to the competition is amazing.

Take a virtual tour of the Solar Decathlon, follow the outcome of competitions, and vote for your favorite entry! The People's Choice Award, a highly-coveted honor, will be presented by Charlie Gay, Applied Solar President, at the Saturday, October 12 Victory Celebration in Irvine, California. Voting ends October 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. PT.

While the Applied Materials Foundation is pleased to support the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon as well as the entries from Santa Clara and Stanford Universities located near our corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley, we wish all the competitors the best of luck ... and congratulate them for their inspiring work in designing intelligent homes for the future!

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