GW, in collaboration with Catholic University (CUA) and American University (AU), is part of Team Capitol DC, a competitor in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The competition is currently ongoing in California, and this is the first time that a city-wide DC-based collegiate team has competed.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
Team Capitol DC’s project, HARVEST HOME, is described as “an innovative house of the future that harvests natural resources to power the home while maintaining comfort for its ideal resident, a wounded American veteran who has returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Students, faculty and mentors from Team Capitol DC’s three universities have applied talents from CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning, GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, Landscape Design Program and Interior Design Program and AU’s School of Communication to design, build and communicate about HARVEST HOME.
After competing in this year’s Decathlon, Team Capitol DC will donate HARVEST HOME to a veteran from a Wounded Warrior Homes organization in California.
How can you help? Vote for Team Capitol DC in the Solar Decathlon People’s Choice Award!
The People’s Choice Award allows people to chance to vote for their favorite Decathlon house. Each day, until Oct. 9, the U.S. Department of Energy will update the top three leaders on its website. The winner will be announced on Oct. 12.
Voting is limited to one vote per e-mail address and ends Oct. 11 at 11am Pacific.
To vote, visit: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/pca/pca_register.php
UPDATE: The results are in – Team Capitol DC earned a spot in the Top 10!